GUWAHATI: Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal launched the flagship scheme of State Fishery Department, “Ghare Ghare Pukhuri, Ghare Ghare Maach” in a programme held at Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra in Guwahati on Friday.
The scheme is proposed to be implemented with loan assistance from NABARD and financial assistance from Chief Minister Samagra Gramya Unnayan Yojana (CMSGUY) Mega Mission Society. With financial allocation of Rs. 186.13 crore, this scheme will be executed in all districts of the State with a target to benefit ten thousand beneficiaries. The scheme aims at digging 1,811 hectare areas of new pond in a bid to produce 6,350 MT fish additionally in Assam, a press release said.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal called upon the beneficiaries under the scheme to take up advanced scientific methods in pisciculture saying that mighty rivers like Brahmaputra and its tributaries as well as the water-bodies in the state hold immense potential for fish production in natural environment.
“Economic self-reliance would help the farmers of the State to enjoy a dignified life. Our Government has already unleashed strong measures to boost farmers’ income and ‘Ghare Ghare Pukhuri, Ghare Ghare Maach’ is a major intervention in this direction”, he said, adding that in synchronous with Central Government’s schemes like ‘Mudra Yojana’, ‘Krishi Sinchai Yojana’, Fasal Bima Yojana’ etc., the State Government has already rolled out CMSGUY in the state to leverage farm income.
Appreciating the Fishery Department for its significant role in augmenting fish production in the State to the tune of 20,000 MT last year, Sonowal observed that involvement of public in successful implementation of Government is very important and they must take proactive role in this regard. He also urged the youth to take up benefits of the Government initiatives to make them economically self-sufficient and contribute in strengthening the economy of the State.
Guwahati MP Bijoya Chakraborty, Chairman of Assam Fisheries Development Corporation Ramakanta Deuri also delivered speech in the programme.
Coinciding the launching ceremony, Chief Minister Sonowal also released a handbook on local fish production and conservation techniques titled, ‘Kunhipaat’. He also handed over sanction letters to ten beneficiaries under the scheme in the programme.