CM YS Jagan Releases Rs. 161 cr Aid for ONGC-affected Fishermen

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Amaravati: Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy released Rs. 161.86 crore towards fourth tranche of financial assistance to fishermen who lost their livelihood due to the laying of ONGC pipelines in Dr BR Ambedkar Konaseema and Kakinada districts. 

Virtually releasing the amount with the click of a button from the Camp Office here on Tuesday that coincides with World Fisheries Day, the Chief Minister reiterated his commitment for the welfare of the fishermen families.

An amount Rs.69,000 each would be directly credited into the bank accounts of 23,458 affected fishermen as per the Government’s plan of extending a monthly assistance of Rs. 11,500 for six months from January to June 2023.

So far, the Government has paid Rs. 485 crore to the families of affected fishermen, he said, adding that the Government took steps to pay even the dues kept pending during the TDP rule. 

The Chief Minister was to have released the amount during his tour of Sullurpet assembly constituency on Tuesday but due to heavy rains, his scheduled trip was cancelled. 

Regretting that the welfare of fishermen was neglected by Chandrababu Naidu during TDP rule, he said that the Government paid Rs.78 crore outstanding amount kept pending by the GSPC (Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation) since 2012 and later recovered it from the company.

Even in the case of ONGC also, the Government released the amount first to the fishermen and recovered it from the company later, he said, thanking the ONGC management for extending support to the fishermen.

The Chief Minister said the Government took quick steps to extend financial help to the boat owners who lost their boats in the fire mishap at Visakhapatnam Fishing Harbour.

Orders were issued to the officials to handover the compensation cheques immediately to fishermen families, he said, adding that all affected fishermen would receive 80 per cent compensation on the value of boats destroyed.

Fisheries Commissioner Kannababu, who virtually participated in the programme, informed the Chief Minister that Andhra Pradesh bagged the Best Fisheries State Award and concerned officials went to Gujarat to receive it at a specially arranged function.

Fisheries Minister Dr S. Appla Raju and senior officials were among those who attended the programme. Kakinada District Collector Kritika Shukla  and Ambedkar Konaseema District Collector Himanshu Shukla participated in the programme virtually.

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