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Jagan to lay stone for fish landing centre today Pulicat Lake revival works to be launched

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Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy will lay the foundation stone for the fish landing centre in Rayadaruvu, Vakadu mandal, Tirupati district, and launch the revival of Pulicat Lake on Tuesday at 10 am.
During the ceremony, CM Jagan will deposit Rs 161.86 crore as the fourth installment in Mambattu village, Tada mandal of Tirupati district. This amount will directly benefit 23,458 fishermen families from Dr BR Ambedkar Konaseema and Kakinada Districts, who lost their livelihoods due to ONGC pipeline works. Each family will receive Rs 11,500 per month, totalling Rs 69,000 over six months.
The YSRCP-led government, under CM Jagan’s leadership, has consistently demonstrated its commitment to the well-being of fishermen by implementing various developmental and welfare programmes.
According to Fisheries department officials, the ‘YSR Matsyakara Bharosa’ initiative provides financial assistance of Rs 10,000 per annum to eligible fishermen families during the ‘Marine Fishing Ban’ period (April 15 – June 14). This assistance extends to those engaged in fishing with mechanized boats and rafts.
To address the challenges faced by coastal fishermen, the Jagan government has undertaken the construction of 10 fishing harbours and six fish landing centres of world-class standards at a cost of Rs 3,793 crore. Additionally, the subsidy on High-Speed Diesel (HSD) Oil has been increased from Rs 6.03 paise to Rs 9 per liter, providing a total benefit of Rs 118.27 crore to fishermen over four and a half years.
The government has also enhanced the ex gratia amount from Rs 5 lakh to Rs 10 lakh for the families of fishermen who lost their lives during fishing, ensuring a transparent process for eligibility.
In a significant step toward encouraging exports and imports of marine produce, the Jagananna Government is constructing Ramayapatnam, Mulapet, Machilipatnam, and Kakinada Gateway Ports at a cost of Rs 11,000 crore within 4-and-a-half years of governance.
The Jagan Mohan Reddy government has rejuvenated the shrunken sea mouth of Pulicat Lake at a cost of Rs 94.75 Crores, benefiting 20,000 fishermen families and restoring the lake to its former glory.
A stark comparison with the previous government reveals a substantial increase in relief measures under the current administration. The relief during the Marine Fishing Ban has been raised to Rs 10,000, and the diesel subsidy has been increased to Rs 9 per liter, covering 20,514 boats.
As part of its commitment to the welfare of fishermen, the Jagan government has facilitated the release of 23 fishermen caught by Pakistani security forces. Financial assistance of Rs 5 lakh has been provided to each fisherman after their release.
Furthermore, the government has taken measures to increase domestic consumption of aqua products, offering electricity at a subsidized rate of Rs 1.50 to aqua farmers from the first day of governance. A total of Rs 3,250 crore, including pending arrears of Rs 451.77 crore left by the previous government, has been spent on power subsidies.
The Jagan government’s efforts include the establishment of 26 Aqua Hubs and 2,184 retail shops under the “Fish Andhra” brand, aiming to provide better rates to aqua farmers and fishermen while ensuring quality fish and shrimp for domestic consumers.

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