Tauktae impact: Gujarat offers 105 crore relief package to fishermen
Beaten down by devastating Cyclone Tauktae, fishermen in Gujarat will receive emergency aid of 105 crores from the state government.
Emergency aid includes 50 percent of damage to boats or fishing equipment with an upper limit of 35,000. For completely damaged small boats, assistance amounts to 50% of the cost of the boat and does not exceed 75,000.
In the event of complete damage to the trawlers, the state government will provide a lump sum relief of up to 50 percent of the cost of the trawler with a cap of 5 lakh.
About 1,000 small and large fishing boats sustained damage from the extremely violent cyclonic storm Tauktae, which hit the Saurashtra coast on the night of May 17 with winds of up to 190-200 km / h. The coastal districts of Saurashtra are the hub of fishing in Gujarat.
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The decision to relieve the fishermen was taken Wednesday at a meeting of the central committee chaired by Chief Minister Vijay Rupani. The state government has claimed that the 105 crore relief program – specifically targeting fishermen – is the first in state history.
For fishermen who lost their fishing boats in the cyclone, the state decided to provide 2,000 to each of these fishermen through a direct benefit transfer.
The Chief Minister informed that the devastating Cyclone Tauktae had caused damage to piers and other port infrastructure, as well as to fishermen’s fishing boats, fiber boats and trawlers as well as their homes and huts. “This emergency aid will help our fishermen to emerge from the crisis and resume their fishing activities,” Rupani said after the package was announced.
In addition to compensation for damage, the government has also announced financial assistance to fishermen seeking loans. A 10 percent interest subsidy on loans of up to 10 lakh will be provided for a period of 2 years on the decreasing overdue amount.
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In addition, an input subsidy of 8,200 per hectare will be provided for the production of feed for fishing, equipment, etc. The coastal regions of the districts of Bhavnagar, Amreli, Junagadh, Gir Somnath in particular suffered serious damage. The government has set aside 80 crore from the relief program for the repair and restructuring of the port infrastructure along the coast of Jafrabad-Nava Bunder-Saiyad Rajpara and Shiyalbet.
Earlier, the state government announced a financial envelope of 500 crore for damage to horticulture. Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the state shortly after the cyclone and announced immediate aid of 1,000 crore.