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Puducherry: Government to disburse ban relief to fishermen by July 1 by M. Dinesh Varma July 02,2020   |  Source: The Hindu

Dropping the proposal for a means tested approach to distribution of welfare aid, the Government will disburse a ban relief amount of Rs.5,500 per fisher family to all beneficiaries by July 1. This follows an amendment in the rules under the Welfare and Relief for Fishermen During Lean Season and Natural Calamities’ scheme that removed a provision to filter out families receiving old age pension from the list of beneficiaries.

“The fisheries department is committed to disbursing the assistance to all beneficiaries as quickly as possible,” Purva Garg, Fisheries Secretary, told a press conference. The amendment helps fishermen whose livelihood and income were affected during the ban period and the relief would be paid through the direct benefit transfer scheme to their bank accounts. The aid would reach an estimated 19,000 beneficiaries. The government has set apart Rs.12 crore to pay the relief to fishermen.

“The total allocation under this head for 2020-21 is Rs.12 crore. As of now, we will process around Rs.7 crore. Further, a sum of Rs.1.7 crore is being disbursed under the centrally-sponsored savings-cum-relief scheme,” Ms. Garg told The Hindu. A. Kangeyan, former president of Puducherry Fibre Boat Owners Association, welcomed the removal of restrictions on

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