Union Minister for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying to inaugurate the ‘Sagar Parikrama’
- ‘Sagar Parikrama’ is going to be inaugurated by the Union Minister for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying.
- It is being organised by the Department of Fisheries, Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Government of India as a part of ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsava’.
- The parikrama will start from Mandvi at Shyamji Krishna Varma Memorial, Gujarat, as a part of ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsava’,
- It is an endeavour to know the problems of Coastal Fisher folk.
- It is proposed to be conducted in all coastal states/UTs through a pre-decided sea route down right from Gujarat, Diu, Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, West Bengal, Andaman & Nicobar and Lakshadweep Islands
- The Parikrama shall be accompanied by the State Fisheries officials, Fishermen representatives, Fish-Farmers entrepreneurs, stakeholders, professionals, officials and Scientists from across the nation.
- During the event, certificates /sanctions related to Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampadha scheme (PMMSY), KCC & State Scheme shall be awarded to the progressive fishermen, especially coastal fishermen, fishers and fish farmers, young fishery entrepreneurs etc.
- Literature on PMMSY scheme, State schemes, FIDF, KCC etc. shall be popularised among fishers through print media, electronic media, videos & digital campaign with jingles.
- A song on Sagar Parikrama shall also be launched in the contest of ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsava’.
- Focus: Sustainable balance between the utilisation of marine fisheries resources for food security of the nation and livelihoods of coastal fisher communities and protection of marine ecosystems.
Significance of Oceans for India
- Oceans are vital to the economies, security and livelihoods of Indian coastal states.
- These are the world’s single largest ecosystem, covering nearly three-fourths of the earth’s surface, thereby providing a massive arena for emerging complex and interconnected development issues such as livelihoods, climate change, commerce, and security.
- The Country has a coastline of 8118km, covering 9 maritime States/4UTs and providing livelihood support to millions of coastal fisher folk.
- As a mark of gratitude to the seas, the program of ‘Sagar Parikrama’ is envisioned as a part of ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsava’ saluting our great freedom fighters, sailors and fishers.
Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsava & Gujarat
- It is one of the significant initiatives of the Government of India to celebrate and commemorate 75 years of independence and the glorious history of its people, culture and achievements.
- The Bardoli Satyagraha, in the state of Gujarat, India during the British Raj, was a major episode of civil disobedience and revolt in the Indian Independence Movement on 12 June 1928.
- The Satyagraha was eventually led by Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and its success gave rise to Patel becoming one of the main leaders of the independence movement, especially resolving farmers issues.