National Scheme Of Welfare Of Fishermen

Introduction:

  • The National Scheme of Welfare of Fishermen is a centrally sponsored scheme that provides financial assistance to fishermen.
  • The scheme aims to provide basic amenities such as housing, community halls, and tube wells for drinking water.
  • It also offers insurance and savings cum relief scheme to ensure financial and social securities for fishermen and their families.

Ministry/Agency:

  • Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying

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Objectives:

  • Provide fishermen with basic amenities such as housing, community halls, tube wells for drinking water.
  • Ensure financial and social securities of fishermen and their families.
  • Upgrade the standard of living of fishermen.
  • Educate and train fishermen in advanced technical technologies so that they can learn scientific ways of fishing.

Benefits:

  • Housing facility with a base area within 35 sq. mt. and cost not exceeding ₹75,000.
  • Construction of community hall with a base area measuring 200 sq. mt. and within ₹2 lakh.
  • Assurance of clean drinking water with one tube well for every 20 houses.
  • Insurance facility for group accident insurance for active fishermen.
  • Saving cum relief scheme with a contribution of ₹75 from marine fishermen for 8 months in a year.
  • Refund of paid amount with interest at the end of the 4th month if any fishermen fail to make payment.

Eligibility:

  • Inland fishermen living in coastal areas and with whom the respective States and Union Territories have officially licensed are eligible.
  • The age of fishermen must be below 60 years old.
  • Applicant fishermen must belong to the BPL category and be engaged in full-time activities inland.
  • Marine fishermen who operate under State, Union Territories, and FISHCOPFED are eligible.
  • Their respective States and Union Territories must officially license marine fishermen.
  • They must involve themselves in full-time activities at sea and be a member of the Welfare Society or Federation or Cooperative Society.

Implementation strategy:

  • The scheme is centrally sponsored and implemented by the Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry, and Dairying.
  • Financial assistance provided to construct houses, community halls, tube wells, and insurance facilities for fishermen.
  • Training and education provided to fishermen in advanced technical technologies to learn scientific ways of fishing.
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