ALSO READGoa's casino policy will be passed in monsoon session: Manohar Parrikar Goa's proposal may help the state skirt SC's highway liquor ban Goa govt to launch start-up policy in ten days How BJP's Manohar Parrikar averted coup by Congress in Goa Mining leases not renewed by govt to be put on the block: Goa Assembly
There are only a few fishermen left now and the government is committed to protecting their interests, state fisheries minister Vinod Palyekar told PTI today.
"My department will now review all the schemes and beneficiaries of last ten years," he said.
The minister, his department officials and fisheries secretary Govind Jaiswal are likely to visit the fishermen in their villages next month.
"I have asked my department officials to chalk out a tour programme and identify the villages were maximum fishermen are based. We will start (the tour) in a month's time once the blueprint of the same is ready," Palyekar said.
All these years, the traditional fishermen were deprived of their rights, he said.
"We are committed to protecting Goem, Goemkar, Goenkarponn (Goa, Goan and Goanness) of our local fishermen," the minister said.
There are many problems faced by the traditional fishermen. "We will identify those by interacting with them and come out with a solution," Palyekar said.