Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday announced that his government is taking steps towards the empowering fishermen, and added the Blue Economy must act as a catalyst in improving India's progress.
“The Government of India is taking steps towards empowerment of fishermen. We do not want our fishermen to live in poverty, we want to create more opportunities for them. The government will give them loans on less interest so they can buy bigger boats,” Prime Minister Modi said at a rally at Dwarka.
He said: “We want development of ports and port-led development. The Blue Economy must act as a catalyst in improving India's progress. Kandla Port is seeing unprecedented growth. This is because we have devoted resources to improve the port. A new lease of life was added to Alang, steps were taken for the welfare of labourers working there. These are steps we are taking towards development.”
He also said that the building of infrastructure should enhance economic activity and add to the atmosphere of development.
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