Mangaluru, Aug 27, 2016: State Minister for Fisheries and Youth Empowerment Pramod Madhwaraj has said that the non-availability of adequate grants from the Centre for several projects to be implemented by the Fisheries Department in the Coastal districts, has hampered the development of the sector.
He was speaking to reporters during his visit to the city on August 26, Friday to participate in a progress review meet of the Fisheries Department at the DC office here.
Continuing, the Minister said the Centre was yet to release the Rs 33 crore meant for the Third Phase Extension of the Fisheries Jetty at Mangaluru as well as the Rs 8 crore towards development of Malpe Port. Now that the Centre has said that grants would be sanctioned for the new jetty construction at Kulai on 50-50 basis along with the state government, it will be a financial burden to the Centre, Madhwaraj observed.
He also stated that a delegation of elected representatives from Dakshina Kannada, Udupi and Uttara Kannada will be taken to the Centre next month to discuss the above issues.