Fishermen Debt Relief Fund to be introduced in Kerala

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Kannur, Jul 13 (UNI) Kerala Fisheries Minister S Sarma today said Fishermen Debt Relief Scheme would be introduced from the first of August.

Inaugurating the Fish Vighnan Kendra here, he said the norms in this regard had already been prepared and those fishermen who availed loan for purchasing boat and other equipment for fishing would be eligible under the scheme.

Mr Sarma said the government was also planning to set up a Backwater Corporation in the State with the cooperation of NABARD in eight months.

Fisheries Department would provide 'sat-beacon satellite,'' an equipment to locate fishermen in case they happened to meet accidents while fishing in deep sea, to all harbours in the state in five month, he added.

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