Focus: GS II: Government policies and Interventions
Why in News?
The Union Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying has recently announced the commencement of Phase-V of the Sagar Parikrama initiative.
About Sagar Parikrama:
- Sagar Parikrama aims to address the challenges faced by fishers and stakeholders in the coastal areas and improve their economic prospects.
- It utilizes various fisheries schemes and programs, such as Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana (PMMSY) and Kisan Credit Cards (KCC), to uplift the fishing community.
- Sagar Parikrama is an evolutionary journey planned along the coastal belt to demonstrate solidarity with fisherfolk, fish farmers, and stakeholders.
- The initiative is undertaken as part of the 75th Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav celebrations.
- Sagar Parikrama is coordinated by the Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry & Dairying.
- The Parikrama involves the participation of state fisheries officials, fishermen representatives, fish farmers, stakeholders, professionals, officials, and scientists from across the country.
- Phase V: The current phase of Sagar Parikrama covers six locations in Maharashtra and Goa. During this phase, fishermen, coastal fishers, fish farmers, and young fishery entrepreneurs receive certificates and sanctions related to PMMSY, KCC, and State Schemes.
- Phase III: This phase primarily focuses on the coastal areas of Maharashtra and Gujarat.
- Phase I and Phase II: The initial phases of Sagar Parikrama were conducted in March 2022 and September 2022, respectively.