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National Scheme of Welfare of Fishermen

Brief Objective

The Centrally Sponsored ‘National Scheme of Welfare of Fishermen’ envisaging to provide financial assistance to fishers for construction of house among other things.  For housing, the State Governments may ensure equitable distribution of houses among all villages in proportion to the number of eligible fishermen, as far as possible. The plinth area and cost of construction of a house would be limited to 35 Sq. mts and Rs 40,000/- respectively. The ceiling on land and cost of construction indicate the upper limit. The State Government may plan and ensure optimizing the use of available resources so that more number of houses could be built within the budgeted amount.

Benefits to the Citizens

Fishermen who are in the marine and inland sector are entitled for the benefits under the scheme. Land for the development of these resources will be provided by the respective Union Territories (UTs) and States. Subject to the type of amenity that is being provided, the State and Central Government share the cost of providing these amenities.

 Eligibility

The States should keep the following criteria in view while selecting beneficiaries for allotment of houses under the scheme:-

  • The beneficiary should be an active fisherman identified by the State Government.
  • Preference should be given to fishermen below poverty line and to landless fishermen.
  • Fishermen owning land or kutcha structure may also be considered for allotment of houses under the scheme.

How to apply

The scheme is to be implemented by the respective States and Union Territories (UT's).

Whom to contact

Contact the Department of Animal Husbandaries, Dairying and Fisheries of the respective state.

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