SRINAGAR: Minister of State for Forest, Environment, Animal & Sheep Husbandry, Cooperative and Fisheries, Mir Zahoor Ahmadb on Wednesday handed over 70 bicycles among the registered fishermen of Batmaloo constituency, an official handout read.
The bicycles were provided to the fishermen to boost their livelihood. According to the handout, the minister said the state government was committed to raise the living standard of the people of the state especially, weaker sections of the society.
He said several welfare schemes have been launched in the state with the aim “to improve the socio-economic condition of the people”.
The minister said that taking in account the challenge posed by unemployment, the government has introduced several flagship schemes including skill development programmes to create varied avenues of employability in the state. He said, “The government is providing loans to the educated unemployed youth to establish diary, poultry, fish ponds and other units to earn livelihood.”
Listing the measures taken to boost the fish culture, the minister said that Blue Revolution programme has been launched in the state with the aim “to increase the fish production and provide adequate facilities to the people associated with this trade”.
He appealed the farming community and fishermen to come forward and take advantage of the schemes meant for them.
MLA Batmaloo, Noor Mohammad Sheikh also spoke on the occasion and highlighted the achievements of the present government. He said liberal funding under different sectors is being provided by the government for carrying out developmental works in the Batmaloo constituency, the handout further read. The local people presented a charter of demands to the minister.
The minister assured them of looking into their genuine demands sympathetically.