A flagship scheme of Assam Fishery Department, “Ghare Ghare Pukhuri, Ghare Ghare Maach” was launched by Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Friday.
The scheme is proposed to be implemented with loan assistance of NABARD and financial assistance of Chief Minister Samagra Gramya Unnayan Yojana (CMSGUY) Mega Mission Society.
With financial allocation of Rs. 186.13 crore, this scheme will be executed in all districts with a target to benefit ten thousand beneficiaries. It aims at digging 1811 hectare areas of new pond in a bid to produce 6350 MT fish additionally in Assam.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal called upon the beneficiaries under the scheme to take up advanced scientific methods in pisciculture saying that mighty rivers like Brahmaputra and its tributaries as well as the water-bodies in the state hold immense potential for fish production in natural environment.
“Economic self-reliance would help the farmers of the state enjoy a dignified life. Our Government has already started strong measures to boost farmers income and ‘Ghare Ghare Pukhuri, Ghare Ghare Mach’ is a major intervention in this direction”, he said adding that in synchronous with Central Government’s schemes like ‘Mudra Yojana’, ‘Krishi Sinchai Yojana’, Fasal Bima Yojana’ etc., the State Government already rolled out CMSGUY in the state to leverage farm income.
Appreciating the Fishery Department for its significant role in augmenting fish production in the State to the tune of 20,000 MT last year, Sonowal observed that involvement of public in successful implementation of Government is very important and they must take proactive role in this regard.
At the launch ceremony, Sonowal also released a handbook on local fish production and conservation techniques titled, ‘Kunhipaat’. He also handed over sanction letters to ten beneficiaries under the scheme in the programme.