DEPARTMENT OF FISHERIES AND FISHERMEN WELFARE
The Union Territory of Pondicherry comprises of four maritime regions viz. Pondicherry, Karaikal, Mahe and Yanam spread both on the East and West coast, with a coastline of 45 kms. and 675 sq.kms. of inshore waters enriched with fishery potential and exportable variety of shrimps. There is a potential area of 1347 Ha. of Inland waters and 800 Ha. of Brackish waters thus ensuring vast scope for the development of aquaculture.
The Fisheries Department in the Union Territory of Pondicherry was established after the de facto merger with Indian Union. In general, the socio-economic conditions of the fisherfolk were in a miserable plight with meagre income which was not enough to improve their standard of living during premerger period.
Thus in order to augment Marine and Inland fish production and to improve the socio-economic conditions of the poor fisherfolk various development schemes are implemented by this Department.
There are 11 nos. of prominent fishermen hamlets in Yanam region with a total population of 4,943 fishermen.of which 1,514 nos.Of fishermen are actively engaged in fishing activities in Yanam region.
This Department is implementing the following Welfare schemes for the Welfare of the fishermen in Yanam region.
ASST.TO SMALL SCALE FISHERMAN FOR PROCUREMENT OF CRAFTS & TACKLES:
Under the scheme the fishermen are granted with loan cum subsidy of Rs.30,000/-for procurement of navas and nets.The loan cum subsidy will be granted as 45% loan, 45% subsidy and 10% beneficiaries contribution(i.e.13500+13500+3000).
The selected beneficiary after purchase of nava and nets he has to repay the loan portion in 27 equal instalments to Govt.with in the time limit of 3 years with interest of 4.5% per annum and 2.5 penal interest in case of default of any instalment.
So for this Department has released 354 nos.of navas with nets to the cyclone victims in Yanam region and previous to cyclone this Department has sanctioned this benefit to 103 fishermen beneficiaries.
HOUSING AND COLONISATION FOR FISHERMEN:
Under this scheme this Department is extending assistance for construction of pucca houses to fishermen of Yanam. An amount of Rs.35000/-each will be given for construction of pucca houses to fishermen.In the devastating cyclone all the fishermen dwelling were severiously damaged,hence,this Department has extend relief for housing to fishermen.So for 500 fishermen were benefited under this scheme and constructed pucca houses by availing 35000/-housing grant.
DEVELOPMENT OF BRACKISH WATER ACQUACULTURE:
Under this scheme Government of Pondicherry is releasing subsidy of Rs.40,000/-per ha for development of new brackishwater shrimp farms.Rs.30,000/-will be released for construction of new ponds in 1 ha area and Rs.10,000/-will be released for procuremnet of seed,feed and fertilisers.This scheme is temporarily stopped due to supreme courts orders.
SUPPLY OF FISHERIES REQUISITES TO FCS:
This department is giving subsidy @ 33.13% to the Fishermen Go.op.Society on the cost of mets,twin,roaps,floots, sinkers and sail cloth purchased by the society for eventual supply to the members of fishermen co-op.Society.Every year this department is releasing Rs.1.00 lakhs subsidy for above said purpose.
INTEREST SUBSIDY TO FISH VENDORS:
Under this scheme fishermen,aquaculturists,enterprennres and small farmers are getting benefit of 8% interest subsidy on the accrued interest on loan obtained from banks for purchase fishery items likes boats,nets,navas,fish vending etc.Every year this department is releasing 8% interest subsidy to the above said loanes.
DEPARTMENT OF SHORE BASED FACILITIES AND SETTING UP OF ICEPLANT CUM COLD STORAGE UNIT:
Under this scheme this department is supplying subsidised ice @ Rs.12/- per 40Kgs of Ice can to the fishermen of Yanam region.
SERVICE CUM MAINTENANCE UNIT:
Under this scheme Rs.20,000/-will be released as subsidy for purchase of Auto Goods Carriers to fishermen of Yanam region/Fishermen Co.op. Societies,in Yanam region for transport of dry fish and fish business.So for Yanam Fishermen Co-op.Society,Guirempeta was benefitted under this scheme.
ASST.TO FISHERMEN CO-OP.SOCIETIES:
Every this department is issuing Medium Term Working Capital Loan to three existing Fishermen Co-op.Societies in Yanam region for upliftment of their business activities and to boost the income of the concernd FCS in Yanam region.The same loan will be recovered in 5 equal annuam instalments with interest.
DEVELOPMENT OF FRESHWATER AQUACULTURE:
Under this scheme this department is doing freshwater aquaculture in .5 ha area for culture of Indian Major Carts.This department is providing edible fish to public during harvesting season at Rs.30/-per Kg.
TRANSPORT FACILITIES TO FISHERMEN:
A transport fish van had been hired to Agraharam Fishermen Co-op.Society for transport of fish and dry fish to fish markets of Drakharama and Kakinada on subsidised rates @ Rs.3.25/- per kilometar.
PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT'S IMPORTANT DEVELOPMENTAL ACTIVITIES IN BUILDING PROGRAMME:
Under freshwater aquecunture scheme on fish hatchery building was constructed.It is not yet handed over due to some minor rectifications.
PWD,proposed to construct fish drying platform with auction hall and fish landing jetty at Savitrinagar.
A brackishwater shrimp far is being constructed by PWD,Yanam and not yet handed over due to some major repairs.
Time for approaching the above official
4.00 P.M to 5.00 P.M. on all working days.