Par panel pulls up finmin for lower budget allocation for fisheries, animal husbandry
The Standing Committee on Agriculture, headed by P C Gaddigoudar, in a report noted that fisheries sector contributes 1 per cent to the GDP of the country and 5 per cent to the agriculture GDP.
The committee noted that the allocation proposed by the Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying for the financial year 2020-21 was Rs 8,396 crore."However, the funds allocated by the Ministry of Finance are Rs 3,704.13 crore," it added.
Similarly, during 2019-20, against a proposed amount of Rs 3,532.47 crore, the allocation at the BE (budget estimate) stage was reduced to Rs 3,342.65 crore, the report said.The Committee in a separate report also observed that there was huge reduction in the funds allocated to the Department of Fisheries at BE stage during 2017-18 to 2020-21 as against the funds proposed by the Department and this has adversely effected the various activities and target of the sector. BKS MRMR
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