Goa’s Fisheries Minister Vinod Palyekar, today, informed that the state government would soon start providing fish to the people at subsidised rates.
A ‘Goa Fisheries Corporation’ would be set up for this purpose, he said.
Interacting with the reporters the minister stated that the staple diet for Goan people is ‘fish curry and rice’ and his party, Goa Forward Party (GFP), was fulfilling its election promise of providing fish at affordable prices.
He further informed that GFP leader Vijay Sardessai, who is also the Town and Country Planning (TCP) Minister, will approach Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar soon to seek his guidance on this scheme.
The minister revealed that a proposal to set up fish stalls alongside the vegetable kiosks of Goa Horticulture Corporation (to sell fish at subsidised rates) was planned, however it was feared that it wouldn’t go down well amongst the “pure vegetarian” customers, who purchase groceries at these kiosks.
Annual Fishing Ban During Monsoons
Palyekar also informed that the fishing ban during rainy season will be strictly enforced, and that no trawlers would be allowed to venture into the sea from June 1 to July 31.
“The ban will be imposed from June 1 to July 31…. No trawlers would be allowed to venture into sea,” he said. – PTI
Another decision made by the government is that it will be compulsory for all the trawlers to install GPS tracking chips; the minister explained that it was for the sake of their (fishermen) security.
Instructions To Trawlers
The Minister also said that the trawlers will have to comply with “uni-colour coding”, which is painting their vessels with a uniform colour on the outside, which will help the law enforcement agencies to identify them on the seas.
Palyekar also informed that the government will permit thirty-five trawlers annually to replace their old vessels with new ones, which will work on a first-come-first-basis.