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TN, Gujarat, K'taka provide highest subsidies to fishermen in 2017-18

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Tamil Nadu, and have extended highest under different programmes, including for safety purpose and kerosene subsidy, to their fishermen in 2017-18, has informed the (WTO).

The other programmes under which these states have extended the includes providing navigational aids, sales tax on high speed diesel, motorization of traditional boats, reimbursement of sales tax on purchase of diesel for fishing boats and sales tax exemption on industrial kerosene.

Tamil Nadu, and has provided worth Rs 228.5 crore, Rs 211.4 crore and Rs 148.5 crore in 2017-18, according to the data provided by to the WTO.

The other states and union territories which extended the support includes Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Kerala, Maharashtra, Odisha, Daman and Diu, Puducherry, and Lakshadweep.

The data assumes significance as some developed countries demand end of these subsidies.

On the other hand, developing countries such as want to protect its low-income and resource-poor fishermen for whom it is a matter of livelihood.

"The information provided in this notification is for transparency purposes in order to clarify the operation of programmes or measures," India has said in its notification to the WTO.

Bringing disappointment to developing countries like India, the talks at the WTO's 11th ministerial conference collapsed in December 2017, with the US going back on its commitment to find a permanent solution to the stockholding issue.

The four-day conference, which ended without a ministerial declaration or any substantive outcome, did manage to make some feeble progress on fisheries and by agreeing to work programmes.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, November 05 2018. 21:55 IST