Livelihood support for Sagarmala affected fishermen under coastal community development

New Delhi : Union Minister of State for Ports, Shipping and Waterways Shri Shantanu Thakur in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today said that Coastal Community Development is an important objective of the Sagarmala Programme.

For the welfare of fishermen community, MoPSW is part-funding fishing harbour projects in convergence with Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying (MoFAH&D). There are 28 fishing harbour projects (Rs. 2,598 Cr) identified under Sagarmala for implementation by various agencies. Out of which, 17 projects (Rs. 1,694 Cr) have been partially funded under Sagarmala. 9 funded fishing harbour projects have been completed, state and district wise details of these projects is annexed [ Annexure-I].

All Sagarmala projects are being implemented by respective agencies and due process of impact assessment with regards to socio-economic (PAP, R&R, etc.) and environment is done by respective implementing agencies.

On the skill development front, skill gap study of 21 coastal districts (spread across 9 states and 3 UTs), has been completed.  Domain ministries & concerned state governments have been asked to implement the district action plans. In addition, MoPSW is funding skill development under Sagarmala-DDU-GKY Convergence programme Phase-I and II to enableskilling of coastal population to meet the need of growing maritime industry thereby leading to sustainable inclusive growth in the coastal areas under Sagarmala Programme.Details of person trained and placed through DDUGKY is annexed[Annexure II].

Sagarmala Programme of Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways is implementing the projects for development of fishing harbour and fish landing centres in convergence with Pradhan Mantri MatsyaSampada Yojana (PMMSY) of MoFAH&D.The PMMSY inter-alia envisages creating gainful employment opportunities to about 5.5 million in fisheries and allied activities by 2024-25 through promotion of inland fisheries and aquaculture, ornamental fisheries, cold water fisheries, development and management of post-harvest and cold chain infrastructure, fish marketing etc.

Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways undertook third party evaluation of their scheme / funded proejcts which included the pillar of Coastal Community Development projects.