Gandhinagar, Oct 2 (UNI) After wooing tribals with Vanbandhu scheme, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi today announced Rs 15,000 crore 'Sagar Khedu Scheme' in a bid to appease the fishing community.
Addressing a massive public rally at Porbandar, the birth-place of Mahatma Gandhi on his birth anniversary, Mr Modi said his government has taken up an 'abhiyan' to convert the younger generation of fishing community to skilled workers for their all-round development.
He said for the safety of fishermen at deep sea, the government has decided to install Global Positioning System (GPS) vessel tracking system along the entire costal line of Gujarat. The fishermen would also be given bio-metrics smart identity cards.
Their life insurance coverage has also been given a hefty rise from Rs 50,000 to Rs one lakh. The premium of this insurance would be equally shared by Central and state governments, Mr Modi said.
The government had also cleared work on the third phase of Mangrole fishing port, the Chief Minister said adding that it had also approved Rs 84 crore diesel subsidy for fishing boats.
Meanwhile, Leader of Opposition Arjun Modhwadia, in a statement, described the entire package as a ''big bluff'' and ''false''.
Mr Modhwadia alleged that the entire scheme has no substance, as no financial provision has been made in the state budget.