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The government today said that Rs 30 crore has been sanctioned for capacity building and providing safety training to 20,000 workers engaged in ship recycling activities at Alang-Sosiya recycling yard in Gujarat.
In addition, Rs 13.77 crore has also been sanctioned for skill training in 27 coastal districts in convergence with Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana (DDU-GKY), the Ministry of Shipping said in a statement.
"In addition to this, to support the development of fishermen community, the Ministry is funding select fishing harbour projects under Sagarmala in convergence with Department of Animal Husbandry Dairying & Fisheries (DADF)," it said.
In this regard, Rs 13 crore has been sanctioned for the modernisation of the existing fishing harbour at Sassoon Dock, in Mumbai.
In-principle approval has also been obtained for upgrading the nine fishing harbours across Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Gujarat costing over Rs 50 crore. The Ministry will also be supporting the development of deep sea fishing vessels and fish processing centres in convergence with DADF.
The above action has been taken in consonance with the Ministry's objective for sustainable development of the coastal areas as part of the Sagarmala programme.
A well-defined action plan to ensure holistic and sustainable development has been drawn as part of its National Perspective Plan. The coastal communities are recognised as critical stakeholders in the Sagarmala's 'port led development' agenda.
Modernisation of ports, port-led industrialisation and enhancement of port-connectivity will be the key drivers for socio-economic development of coastal areas under Sagarmala.
More than 200 projects have been identified for implementation in the coastal regions which are expected to generate employment opportunity of approximately 1 crore, including 40 lakh direct jobs by 2025.
The programme, through its skill development initiatives, will broaden the livelihood options especially for coastal communities and adequately equip them with enhanced skill set to increase their employability and standard of living.
In this regard, the Ministry of Shipping is undertaking a skill gap analysis in 23 coastal districts in phase one to understand the demand-supply gap in these districts with special emphasis on skill requirements in the ports & maritime sector.
To provide skilling for port and port user community, the Ministry will organise cutting-edge skill training in ports & maritime sector and is evaluating the proposal for setting up of Multi-Skill Development Centres linked to Major Ports.
The Ministry of Shipping is also promoting coastal tourism for providing more livelihood opportunities for coastal communities by developing lighthouses as tourist destinations and promoting cruise tourism in India.