October 23, 2020

Fishing body wants damages

Patna: Co-operative Fisheries Federation (COFFED) on Friday demanded compensation from the state government in lieu of a two-month annual ban imposed by authorities on fishing in state rivers.

Under Section 13 (1) of the Bihar Fish Jalkar Management Act, 2006, there is a ban on fishing in the Ganga, Gandak and other states’ rivers from June 15 to August 15 every year to allow for fish breeding and multiplication.

Officials say fishermen and stakeholders lose temporarily but will in the long run, reap rich benefits as the fish population grows.

But officials of the apex co-operative body of fishermen accused the state government of destroying their livelihood by not giving them compensation despite the central government’s July 2014 order.

According to COFFED managing director Rishikesh Kashyap Nishad, the Centre has ordered that fishermen in Bihar be given a compensation of Rs 9,000 in total for the two-month period, but no compensation had been made available to them since 2006.

Courtesy: The Telegraph

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