Bhubaneswar: Odisha government has laid emphasis on securing the livelihood of fishermen depending on Chilika, the largest brackish water lagoon in Asia.
At a high-level meeting held here on Thursday, State Planning Board Deputy Chairman Sanjay Das Burma said that nets, boats including mechanized ones will be supplied to the fishing communities living in Puri, Khurda and Ganjam at a subsidized rate.
The officials also stressed on the establishment of a cold storage at Satapada for the benefit of the community.
The meeting headed by Das Burma said a marketing yard will also be set up at Satapada. A jetty will also be set up at Satapada at a cost of Rs 8 crore. Das Burma said the fishermen who are members of 186 primary fishing societies will be provided with boats and nets at sixty per cent discount.
The meeting was attended by commissioner cum secretary, fisheries and animal husbandry, R Raghuprasad, Director of Fisheries Smruti Ranjan Pradhan, Additional Director Debananda Bhanj, Abhaya Mohanty and President of Central Fisheries Cooperative Society Kedar Nath Jena.