Bhubaneswar: Odisha Fisheries department’s FISHFED and IOCL inked a MoU to provide subsidized diesel for fishing trawlers and boats operated by fishermen in the State.
The MoU was signed in presence of Odisha Agriculture minister, Pradeep Maharathy.
As per the terms of the MoU, the fishermen will get 50 paisa subsidy on a litre of diesel. IOCL’s will open depots in 13 fishing jetties in Chandrabhaga, Astaranga, Balugaon, Bahabalpur, Kharinasi, Chudamani, Palura, Bhushandapur, Sonepur, Nairi, Sorana, Panchubisa and Talachua.
As many as 70,000 fishermen will be benefitted by the initiative.
“Fishermen who used to buy diesel from outside and illegal ways will now have a IOCL depot nearby for procuring diesel for their trawlers,” said Maharathy.