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Administration plans to set up fishing corporation: Minister

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Puducherry, Nov 21 (UNI) The Puducherry administration proposed to set up a fishing corporation to ensure the welfare of the fishing community in the Union Territory, Minister for Fisheries M O H F Shajahan said today.

Presiding over a function to mark the World Fisheries and Fishermen Day celebrations here, Mr Shajahan said fish processing units would be started through the corporation.

The minister also announced that an exclusive bank for fishermen would be set up besides a training institute on deep sea fishing would be set up here shortly.

A rescue force with sophisticated boats would be established in the Union Territory to ensure the rescue of fishermen in distress.

Mr Shajahan recalled the various efforts taken by the administration to ensure the welfare of the fishermen, who comprised six per cent of the total population.

Chief Minister N Rangasamy who inaugurated the function and distributed several welfare schemes to the beneficiaries. He stressed on the need to enhance fish production in the Union Territroy.

He said the new port would generate more employment opportunities to the fishermen. The fishing harbour at Karaikal would soon be completed.

He also promised that the tsunami relief would be provided to all women fish vendors and others who were left out and added wherever land was available, houses would be constructed for them.

If sufficient land was not available a sum of Rs 2.3 lakh would be provided so that the individual could construct houses.

Stating the administration was committed to ensure the welfare of the fishermen, Mr Rangasamy said the allocation to the department would be enhanced every year in the XI Five Year Plan.

In his address, PMK Parliamentary Party Leader M Ramadass said the Centre was taking steps to recognise the Scheduled Tribes here in a couple of months.

Later, the government should take steps with the Centre to enroll the fishermen in the ST list.

He also urged the administration to introduce scientific method of fishing here and to take steps to set up a fishing net manufacturing unit here.

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