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Palk Bay scheme

  • IASbaba
  • October 9, 2021
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Palk Bay scheme

Part of: Prelims and GS II – Policies and interventions

Context The Union Government is considering increasing the unit cost of deep-sea fishing vessels under the Palk Bay scheme to make it more attractive to fisherfolk.

  • The original unit cost of Rs. 80 lakh was “inadequate” [to meet the requirements of the fisherfolk].

About Palk Bay scheme

  • It was Launched by the Prime Minister in July 2017.
  • It is being financed by the Union and the State Governments with beneficiary participation.
  • It envisages the provision of 2,000 vessels in three years to the fishermen of the State to motivate them to abandon bottom trawling. 

What is bottom trawling?

  • Bottom trawling, an ecologically destructive practice, involves trawlers dragging weighted nets along the sea-floor, causing great depletion of aquatic resources.

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