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PM launches Matsya Sampada Yojana, e-Gopala App with an eye on Bihar polls

Ahead of the Bihar elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday launched the PM Matsya Sampada Yojana, e-Gopala App and several other initiatives linked to studies and research in fisheries production, dairy, animal husbandry and agriculture in the state.

The PM said the motive behind all these schemes was to empower villages and make India self-reliant (Aatmanirbhar Bharat) in the 21st Century.

The Prime Minister said the Matsya Sampada Yojana was also being launched with the same motive.

Launched in 21 states of the country with an investment of Rs 20,000 crore, which would be spent in the next 4-5 years, projects worth Rs 1,700 crore were initiated on today, he said

Under this scheme, many facilities have been inaugurated in Patna, Purnia, Sitamarhi, Madhepura, Kishanganj and Samastipur.

The Prime Minister said the scheme provides for new infrastructure, modern equipment and access to new markets to the fish producers, along with increased opportunities for through farming as well as other means.

He said this was the first time after Independence, that such a major scheme had been launched in the country for the fisheries sector.

The goal is also to double fish exports in the coming 3-4 years. This will create millions of new employment opportunities only in the fisheries sector, said Modi.

He said that much of the fish farming depends on the availability of clear water and the Mission Clean Ganga will further help.

The fisheries sector is also set to benefit from the work being done on river transport in the areas around Ganga. The mission Dolphin announced on August 15 this year will also have its impact on the fisheries sector, he added.

The PM lauded the work done by the Government of Bihar for providing a safe drinking water supply to every household. He said that in 4-5 years only 2 percent of houses in Bihar were linked to water supply connections and that now more than 70 percent of households in Bihar were connected with the supply of clean drinking water.

The PM said that many of the workers who had returned from the cities due to the corona crisis were moving towards animal husbandry and they were getting support from many schemes of the Central Government and the Government of Bihar.

Meanwhile, Mission Gokul is underway to develop better indigenous breeds in the country. A countrywide artificial insemination program was started a year ago, Phase I has completed on Thursday.

The Prime Minister said Bihar was now becoming a major center for the development of quality indigenous breeds.

The state is going to be strengthened in the dairy sector due to the modern facilities built in Purnia, Patna and Barauni under the National Gokul Mission today, he said.

The center built in Purnia is one of the largest centers in India. This will greatly benefit not only Bihar but a large part of eastern India, the PM said, adding that this center will also give a further boost to the development and conservation of indigenous breeds of Bihar like ‘Bachhaur’ and ‘Red Purnia’.