Compensation for fishermen families hiked to Rs 2 lakh

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Thane, Jan 14 (UNI) The Maharashtra government has decided to hike the compensation of Rs 50,000, presently being paid to the families of missing or dead fishermen, to Rs 2 lakh.

This was announced here today by Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister R R Patil, while addressing a function of the Fishermen's Co-op society in the district's western belt.

He said there had been a persistent demand to increase the compensation to families of fishermen, who lose their lives in highseas when they set out for fishing.

The minister said budgetary provisions will be made in the coming budget to meet these expenses.

Mr Patil told the gathering that a meeting would be soon convened at Mantralaya to discuss various other issues faced by the fishermen community.

Pro Vice Chancellor of the Mumbai University Dr Arun Sawant said the university would explore the possibility of starting technical courses in the tribal Wada taluka to meet the demands of more than 450 industries in the region.

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