Mangaluru, April 15, 2015: Chief Minister Siddaramaiah agreed to post phoned the implementation of new subsidy scheme of direct bank transfer (DBT) fishermen community resumed deep sea fishing in the Karnataka coast.
The Chief Minister has agreed to continue the old system of subsidy distribution at the delivery point at the time of filling diesel in fishing boats till the fishing season ends in June, Udupi district incharge minister Vinay Kumar sorake told Mangaloretoday.com.
A delegation of fisheries sector from Udupi and Mangalore under the leadership of Vinay Kaumar Sorake and B.Ramantha Rai had met Chief Minister Siddaramaiah to discuss with the government’s plans to directly transfer diesel subsidy to the accounts of mechanised boat owners on Monday in Bangalore.
The Karnataka government had implemented the scheme with effect from April 1 this year. Following pressure from various fishermen associations, Siddaramaiah, assured them that the scheme will not be implemented during the current fishing season.
Fishermen community’ weeklong protest halting fishing activities across the state was withdrawn soon after assurance from the government.
. At present this concession is offered at the sales point. Under the new scheme, the fishermen will have to make the full payment and wait for reimbursement of the subsidy.
The State government has proposed to transfer an amount equal to the average subsidy obtained in the month of March in advance immediately after the boats register the bank account number of owners and subsequently pay soon after each purchase of diesel. The government, which has earmarked Rs. 105 crore in the recent budget for this, has already released Rs. 10.6 crore for the payment of subsidy.
Also, the fishermen who had more than one boat in a family were likely to be denied subsidy for additional fishing gears, he said. There were about 200 such families.The scheme was meant to stop pilferage and it was so far not clear whether the subsidy could be extended to additional boats or not.
Mangaluru has 924 registered motorised mechanical boats, Malpe and Gangolli 1,710, while Only 780 boats in Mangaluru and 1,517 in Udupi district eligible for subsidy, sources said.
In 2014-15, 52,708 kl of diesel was given to Mangaluru and 83,740 kl in Udupi district.