GUWAHATI, July 11 - The Assam Government has envisaged a scheme to provide accidental insurance coverage to one lakh fish farmers in the State.
The scheme is being executed as a part of the new BJP-led Government�s 100 days programme for the promotion of fish economy and the development of fish farmers.
Chairing a meeting on finalising the 100-day programme for the Fishery Department at the Assam Secretariat here today, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said, �The proposed insurance coverage will be in sync with the State Government�s commitment to develop the socio-economic conditions of the fish farmers of the State.�
Moreover, steps have also been taken to supply two million fish seeds to 2,000 fish farmers at the rate of 1,000 seeds per farmer, along with registration of 150 hatcheries and 500 fish farmers.
As a part of 100 days� priority programme of the department, model schemes will be developed and awareness programmes will be launched in one block of every subdivision.
Further steps have also been taken for establishment of aqua-shop at Nagkata Pukhuri in Guwahati, he said.
The Chief Minister laid stress on making an exhaustive fishery policy to revamp pisiculture in Assam and use it �as a ladder� in the State�s pursuit of development.
He also asked the officers of the department to explore ways and means for large-scale production of fishes which have medicinal values.
Fisheries Minister Parimal Suklabaidya, Chief Secretary VK Pipersenia, Principal Secretary for Fishery Department MC Jauhari, Commissioner and Secretary to the Chief Minister Sanjay Lohia and other senior officers were present at the meeting.