- Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana
- INS SUNAYNA
Focus: GS II- Government Policies and Interventions
Why in News?
As Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana (PMMSY) enters its 4th year of implementation, the Department of Fisheries plans to expedite the pace of implementation of the scheme.
About Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana
- Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana (PMMSY) was launched in 2020 to bring about Blue Revolution through the sustainable development of the fisheries sector over a period of five years (2020-2025).
- It is an umbrella scheme to develop the fisheries sector with a total outlay of Rs. 20050 crores.
It has two components
- The Central Sector Scheme (CS) component with a non-beneficiary-oriented scheme and a Beneficiary oriented scheme (Central Assistance for General Category – 40%; SC/ST/Women – 60%).
- A Central Sponsored Scheme (CSS) component also with a non-beneficiary-oriented scheme and Beneficiary oriented scheme. The different break-ups of funding are: Central Assistance for Northeastern States – 90%, Other States – 60%; and UTs – 100%.
The areas expected to be covered by the PMMSY are:
- Fish production
- Fisheries productivity
- Quality of fisheries and aquaculture sectors
- Post-harvest infrastructure and management
- Modernization of value chain
- Welfare of the fishers and fish farmers
- Fisheries management framework
The insurance coverage provided under the PMMSY includes
- Rs.5,00,000/- against accidental death or permanent total disability,
- Rs.2,50,000/- for permanent partial disability
- Hospitalization expenses in the event of accident for a sum of Rs. 25,000/-.
The objectives of the PMMSY are:
- Develop fisheries and aquaculture sectors.
- Harness the potential of fisheries sector in a sustainable, responsible, inclusive and equitable manner
- Efficient use of land and water resources to enhance fish production and productivity.
- Modernize value chain considering post-harvest management and quality improvement.
- Double fishers and fish farmers’ incomes
- Generate employment in the fisheries sector.
- Enhance fisheries sector’s contribution to overall agricultural Gross Value Added (GVA) and exports.
- Provide social, economic and physical security to fish farmers and fishermen.
- Develop a robust fisheries management and regulatory framework.
Focus: GS III: Defence
Why in News?
Recently, INS Sunayna visited Mombasa, Kenya from 20-23 Jun 23 towards strengthening bilateral ties with maritime neighbours on the theme of the Ocean Ring of Yoga.
- INS SUNAYNA is a Saryu class Offshore Patrol Vessel commissioned at Kochi.
- It is based under the Southern Naval Command and built at Goa Shipyard Limited.
- The warship is designed for various operations, including fleet support, coastal and offshore patrolling, ocean surveillance, monitoring of Sea Lines of Communications and offshore assets, and escort duties.
- It has a maximum speed of 25 knots and features an automatic power management system.
- The ship is equipped with advanced Navigation, Communication, and Electronic Support Systems.
- Other vessels of the Sarayu class include INS Sumitra and INS Sumedha.
Passage Exercise (PASSEX):
- A Maritime Partnership Exercise was conducted between the Indian Navy and Kenyan Navy.
- The exercise included drills in Firefighting & Damage Control, boarding exercises, asymmetric threat simulations, and VBSS (Visit, Board, Search, and Seizure) during the harbor phase.
- A Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) capsule was also conducted onboard for the Kenya Navy.