INDIA: fuel subsidies for fishermen

I copy here a recent release from the Press Information Bureau, Government of India.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008, 13:37 IST Ministry of Finance



The Ministry of Agriculture, Department of Animal Husbandry Dairying and Fisheries has been implementing a Centrally Sponsored Scheme (CSS) on Development of Marine Fisheries, Infrastructure and Post Harvest Operations. Under the component on Motorisation of Traditional Craft of the CSS, subsidy to the tune of Rs. 20,000 per traditional boat for conversion into motorised boat has been provided. This subsidy is shared equally by Government of India and the respective State Governments. In case of Union Territories(UTs), the entire cost of subsidy is borne by Government of India. The subsidy is extended to the Out Board engines from 8HP to 10HP.

Engines ranging below 8HP have not been covered for subsidy under this scheme , as such low capacity engines may not be efficient to go for fishing in deeper waters. Under the component on Fishermen Development Rebate on High Speed Diesel (HSD) oil, a rebate/subsidy of Rs. 1.50 per litre on HSD consumed by the mechanised fishing vessels below 20 meter Over All Length (OAL) is provided. Rebate is shared on 80:20 basis between Centre and State Governments. In case of the States where Sales Tax is exempted by them and in UTs, the entire subsidy amount is borne by the Government of India.

This information was given by Shri Pawan Kumar Bansal, Minister of State for Finance in reply to a question raised by Shri A.V. Bellarmin in Lok Sabha today.

Here is the link to the press release on the government's website.

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