BJP leaders seek revision of lake leasing policy for fisheries development in State

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 15 May 2018 09:11:37


Staff Reporter,

For deepening fisheries development in State, regional Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders met Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and sought revision of lakes leasing policy. The delegation including Prakash Lonare, President, Vidarbha Vibhagiya Macchimar Sahakari Sangh, Parinay Fukey, MLC, Dr Upendra Kothekar, Organising Secretary, BJP, and Kailash Raut, Gowari community leader, discussed the issue of steep hike in rates of leasing the lakes for fisheries development.

The BJP leaders expressed resentment over holding of only one meeting of consultative committee on fisheries development headed by State's Minister Mahaderao Jankar. The co-operative societies that used to take lakes for fisheries are up in arms against new leasing policy announced by Ministry of Animal Husbandry and Fisheries on June 30, 2017. Immediately after that co-operative societies met Chief Minister at Mumbai who directed the Minister to hold consultations and discuss the concerns.

However Lonare in his submission to Chief Minister has said that Fisheries Minister Jankar is not at all serious about resolving the impasse as only one meeting was held. Also Jankar has now forwarded interim recommendations to Chief Minister who is favourable to reducing lease rates.

Maharashtra has about 3,52,615 Ha of lakes having potential for development of fisheries development. The total number of lakes are 2579 which are in various categories ranging from 0 to +2000 Ha water area. BJP leaders have demanded reducing lease rates to Rs. 600/Ha and lease period be of 10-years. The investment amount per hectare be reduced and lakes coming under Panchayat Samiti should not be covered by Government's decision of Fisheries Development and their lease amount should be Rs 200.

Lonare during discussion also demanded established of a Maharashtra Rajya Macchimar Kalyan Ayog with a seed amount of Rs. 1,000 crores, choosing President and Members of Maharashtra Fisheries Development Board, announce Rs. 100 crore package for strengthening fishermen societies of Nagpur and Amravati during upcoming monsoon session of state legislature.

During discussion Chief Minister assured to look into the demands raised by BJP leaders from Vidarbha. He promised to reduce the lease amount for lakes, also promised to allot another piece of land for Vidarbha Vibhagiya Matsyavyavsay Sahakari Sangh.