Decrease in fish production despite crores spent: PDR

DIMAPUR, JUL 27 (NPN): | Publish Date: 7/27/2018 11:56:09 PM IST

People for Democratic Rights (PDR) on Friday claimed that fish production in Nagaland decreased despite crores being released for fishery activities under various schemes/projects.

In this regard, PDR through its media and publicity affairs has raised several queries on fund utilization and demanded the department to bring out a white paper on the fishery activities in the state and the reason for the declining fish production. 
Citing Nagaland Economic Survey 2016-17, PDR said fish production increased to 8605 MT during 2016-17 from 8220 MT in 2015-16. However, during 2017-18, it said the fish production decreased to 8200 MT covering only about 30% of the total requirement of fish consumption in the state. 
PDR said this was also disclosed by former Fisheries secretary while speaking at a programme in Kohima on April 17, 2018 and published in the local dailies. 
However, as per 2017-18 Annual Administrative Report of the Fisheries department, PDR noted that there was a huge demand-supply gap despite huge amounts of money being released for various fishery activities. 
For instance, it said during the financial year 2017-18 alone under the Blue Revolution (NEC project), Finance department, Expenditure ‘B’ Branch released Rs 7.35 crore to Fisheries department under Demand number 51 on various occasions-- i. on 27 November 2017, an amount of Rs 10250000 was released as the 1st installment, ii. on 29 March 2018, an amount of Rs. 21940000 was released as the 3rd and final installment and iii. again on 29 March 2018, an amount of Rs. 19100000 was released as “20 % state share against 1st, 2nd, 3rd and final installment of Central share.
PDR maintained that if the state was contributing its 10% share against each installment, it should have been 30% percent and not 20% alone. Moreover, it was also not known whether the 2nd installment was released, PDR added.
In this, PDR pointed out that since the state contributed only 20% share while citing it as state share for 3 installments, it clearly reflected that the Finance department released DA for only 2 installments. PDR said it wondered whether the Fishery department received the 2nd installment and how much was the amount received.
It further pointed out that on August 17, 2017, an amount of Rs. 19060000 was released for development of fisheries in the state under CSS on Blue Revolution (backlog of 2016-17).
Highlighting several instances, PDR said a total amount of Rs 2.40 crore was also released on two occasions- March 29, 2018 and December 5, 2017 for development of fish seed and table farm (NEC) at Ghowoto Village, Dimapur. The amount of Rs 2.40 crore was only the 1st installment inclusive of state share. Since it clearly mentions as the 1st installment, more funds are anticipated, it added.
On June 12, 2017 and March 16, 2018 PDR said Rs. 854000 and Rs. 1600000 respectively were released as 10 % state share for 1st and 2nd installment for development of Paddy-cum-Fish Culture.
However, PDR expressed doubt that if one has to calculate the 90% centre share for the 2 installments, the amount comes to more than Rs 2 crore and whether it was released to the Fisheries and Aquatic Resources department.
On September 5, 2017, another amount of Rs. 14400000 was released for development of Paddy-cum-Fish Culture. However, this DA did not mention anything about state share, Centre share or the installment, PDR stated.
On August 24, 2017 an amount of Rs 1 crore was released for development of Table Fish Production Centre at Zuheshe Village, Dimapur.
A total amount of Rs 1.50 crore was released on three different dates for implementation of Fisheries Project at Molungyimsen village, Mokokchung during 2017-18. Rs 9652000, Rs 965000 and Rs 4343000 was released on June 13, 2017; July 28, 2017 and March 28, 2018 respectively.
Besides the above amounts being released, PDR said several lakhs of rupees were also released for various fishery activities in the State during 2017-18 excluding Rs 10 lakh released on June 12, 2017 as state share against 3rd installment under NEC for Reclamation and Renovation of Old Pond and Tank in Nagaland. According to PDR, the 10% state share meant that the NEC sanctioned Rs. 1 crore approximately.
It also said that there were various other ongoing fishery projects existent prior to 2017-18 and crores had been invested. 
With the current fish-scarcity situation in Nagaland, PDR said Fisheries department could have played a major role in mitigating the situation to some level and not only organize highly publicized a single day fish sale. 
As per records, it said Nagaland has the potential to develop 30000 hectares of fishery pond culture out of which only 4000 hectares have been covered so far. 
Despite crores of rupees being released to Fisheries department, its output production did not commensurate and therefore PDR questioned the Fisheries & Aquatic Resources department as to how the funds were actually being utilized. 
“No amount of money released for any project will be result oriented unless the nodal agencies go for physical verification of the projects and effectively monitor the projects on ground,” it stated.


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