The PM Narendra Modi-led government’s Blue Revolution scheme, in which motorcycles outfitted with ice-boxes are to be supplied to fishermen so that they can bring fish from rural areas to consumers in urban areas in Maharashtra, is in big demand, according to the Indian Express.
According to official data accessed by the Indian Express, applications to be part of the scheme have been pouring in since March this year. Maharashtra’s fisheries department has so far received at least 118 entries. A senior fisheries official has told the Indian Express that the applications have been submitted to Mantralaya, and the applications will now be forwarded by the state government to the Centre. The official said, ”We did not expect this many applicants for the scheme”.
Data accessed by the Indian Express has revealed that between March and April of this year the maximum number of applications came from Latur district of Maharashtra. There are 15 applications from Satara and 10 from Aurangabad. These 3 towns are followed by Nagpur, Parbhani, Kohlapur, Wardha, Jalgaon and Hingoli.
Under the scheme, a 50 percent subsidy is given by the government to fish vendors who wish to purchase these motorcycles with an attached ice-box. The fish vendor will split the earnings with the Centre and not the state government. There are also plans in the offing of introducing ice-box auto rickshaws. The ice-box auto rickshaws may be launched soon, according to the Indian Express.
Rajendra Jadhav, Joint Commissioner of the fisheries department, has told the Indian Express that, ”Assistance for fish transport infrastructure, under the Blue Revolution, is key to improve the Maharashtra’s fisheries status”.
Centre launched the Blue Revolution in an effort to make an integrated and holistic system for management of fisheries in the country with the aim of improving the socio-economic conditions of fishermen.