Puducherry, June 26 (PTI) Puducherry Lt Governor Kiran
Bedi has approved of the scheme to disburse relief to
fishermen who have been rendered jobless during the month-long
ban ending June 15 on fishing operations.
A release issued by Secretary to Fisheries Department
Purva Garg on Thursday evening said the Lt Governor had
approved of the amendment to the scheme for Welfare and Relief
for fishermen to be paid during the lean season and natural
The release stated that benefit under this scheme shall
not be denied only on the ground that the head of the family
or family member is a recipient of old age pension.
This amendment would help fishermen whose livelihood and
income were affected during the ban period and the relief
would be paid through the direct benefit transfer scheme to
their bank accounts.
The government would disburse Rs 12 crores to pay the
relief to fishermen.
Each of the fishermen families would be paid Rs 5,500 as
relief for loss of job during ban period.
There were protests against the earlier decision of Bedi
to deny the relief during ban period to fishermen, in case
they were getting old age pension.
Legislators belonging to the opposition AIADMK had also
held protests holding placards seeking the relief to fishermen
without adopting any condition.
Meanwhile, a group of fishermen on Friday staged a
protest aboard their fishing vessels in the Bay of Bengal
against the denial of relief to fishermen getting old age
pension and blamed the Lt Governor for the non availability of
The relief has since been granted by amending the rules.
Disclaimer :- This story has not been edited by Outlook staff and is auto-generated from news agency feeds. Source: PTI
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