Chennai, Sep 25 (PTI) The impact of the lockdown enforced
to prevent the spread of coronavirus and local restriction on
fishing were to some extent cushioned by Tamil Nadu
government''s relief measures, efforts of fisher organisations,
and individual vessel owners.
Around Rs 96 crore was extended as relief to 4.8 lakh
members through the Tamil Nadu Fishermen Welfare Board, which
gave away Rs 2,000 per head for two months for the lockdown
period for fishermen, fisherwomen, allied workers and crew
members, a senior official in the fisheries department said.
An additional breeding season allowance of Rs 5,000 was
given to each family for the ban (on fishing) period.
This sum was disbursed to about 1.6 lakh families, the
senior official, who did not want to be named told PTI.
"Chief minister K Palaniswami''s decision to extend free
ration to the fishermen having family ration cards, who were
entitled to the Rs 1,000 relief amount given by Tamil Nadu
government, helped to mitigate the harsh conditions imposed by
the pandemic," the official claimed.
"Some of us who owned small boats went out to fish but
unfortunately could not sell due to the lockdown. The local
panchayats and our organisations asked us to prioritise
supply of fish to local households first."
"Vessel owners provided essential commodities to the
fishermen engaged on board their huge crafts,"Mohan Kumar, a
fisherman from Royapuram, here said.
Although the state government did not restrict fishing,
the ban on mechanised boats due to the breeding season from
mid-April to mid-June allowed only small boats on a rotation
basis from April 14.
The mechanised boats couldn''t ply for an additional time
period of 20 days (from March 25 to 14 April) due to the
lockdown and after that the annual ban period started.
The state government permitted the small boats to venture
into the sea on a rotational basis from April 14, ensuring
that only 50 per cent of the boats left from each village on
alternate days and the boats were allowed to sail up to 12
nautical miles. PTI JSP SA
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