.........KENDRAPARA: The State Government has decided to provide `1,500 as monthly compensation to 9,935 marine fishermen for three months from April to June during the ban period. The Government has imposed restrictions on fishing for two months from April 15 to June 14 in the sea off the State’s coast to protect turtles and facilitate fish breeding.
Joint Director (Marine) Pratap Rout said the scheme is intended to provide financial assistance to only BPL fishermen affected due to ban and it will act as their livelihood support.
The State has around 1.4 lakh fishermen while only 9,935 BPL fishermen have deposited their premium of `1,500 in nine instalments under Saving-cum-Relief scheme. Similarly, the Government provides monthly compensation of `5,000 to around 2,000 fishermen of the district who are debarred from fishing in Gahirmatha marine sanctuary, he added.
Around 10,000 marine fishermen of the seaside villages of the district have been affected due to fishing ban in Gahiramatha marine sanctuary. But the authorities have selected only 2,000 persons under the scheme, alleged Narayan Chandra Haldar, leader of traditional fishermen and president of Odisha Maschyajibi Forum (OMF).