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Karnataka: Fillip to fisheries sector, city development; ISRO-authorised DAT to get 50% subsidy by Anil Kumar Sastry February 11,2019   |  Source: The Hindu

The State budget presented by Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy on Friday has offered certain fillip to the fisheries sector in coastal districts even as it has recognised the potential of Sasihithlu beach near Mulki to be developed as a tourism hub. Realising a sharp decline in paddy cultivation in coastal and Malnad regions, the Chief Minister has offered Karavali Package to provide Rs. 7,500 cash assistance per hectare to farmers growing paddy in these regions. He has set apart Rs. 5 crore for this.

To ensure the safety of fishermen, the government has proposed to provide 50 % subsidy for installing ISRO-authorised Distress Alert Transmitters (DAT) on fishing boats. Mr. Kumaraswamy has proposed to offer 77.5 % subsidy per unit/ hectare of prawn farms (Rs. 1 lakh cost) to encourage inland and backwater prawn and fish farming. He has set a target of helping 400 units.

One more fishing jetty and waste management unit would come up at Malpe in Udupi district at a cost of Rs. 15 crore, Mr. Kumaraswamy said. He has announced completion of work on 2,500 houses under the Matsyashraya Scheme. He has set apart Rs. 148.5 crore to continue diesel and kerosene subsidy for fishing boats. Focussing on health issues in the region, the Chief Minister has proposed to establish continuous

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