He told TOI that under Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana’s “Fresh fish to home” program, electric vehicles will be distributed to beneficiaries in the next 15 days. The department has earmarked Rs 4 crore for the project. The cost of each vehicle is around Rs 8 lakh and is equipped with solar panels and cold storage. This is an attempt to create self-employment and provide the consumer with quality fish. In the first phase, it is planned to distribute these unique electric vehicles to all taluks in Dakshina Kannada district. We plan to purchase more vehicles in the next fiscal year. The official launch will be announced after consultation with Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, Angara said.
The vehicles will be equipped with a solar panel, freezer, interchangeable lithium batteries, speaker and GPRS, and will be connected to a fisheries service app to take orders. The beneficiaries for the purchase of the vehicle will be selected by the fisheries department, and priority will be given to women. Currently, several schemes are being launched for the fishing community including Matsya Ashraya Yojane, Matsya Mahila Swalambana Yojane and Matsya Vahini Scheme among others. If we include the “Fresh Fish to Home” concept for fishermen who sell fish in the streets of coastal areas, they can earn more. The sales volume will increase at least 10 times. Generally, women selling fish are found only in coastal areas. If we promote and encourage more beneficiaries and strengthen the transportation system, so that fresh fish reaches the destination quickly, the number of entrepreneurs selling fish can increase by 40% in the state,” said an official working in close collaboration on the project.
The team leaders including Ramacharya, Director of Fisheries, Mallikharjun, Special Officer on Duty to the Minister of Fisheries and Arun Dhanapal are working closely on the project.