Brief Note on the Welfare Schemes implemented by the Fisheries Department

(Welfare & HRD Section)

The following schemes are being implemented for the welfare of Fishermen in Andhra Pradesh

1. Saving cum Relief

2. Housing

3. Group Accident Insurance.

4. Supply of Ice Boxes

5. Financial Assistance to MMGs

6. Maintenance of relief Boats

7. Training Institutes

1. Saving cum Relief

This component will be implemented uniformly for both marine & inland fishermen. Relief is to be given to fishermen uniformly three months of fishing ban period while seeking saving from them for Nine months. The fishermen contribution will continue to be Rs.900/- which would be collected over a period of Nine months. Contribution of Rs.1800/- will be made by the Central & the States on 50: 50 thus the total contribution of Rs.2700/- will be distributed to the fishermen in three equal monthly installments of Rs. 900/- each during ban on fishing .

1. The Beneficiaries has to contribute Rs 100/- per month for 9th months . An amount Rs 1800/- is provided by the central and state government on 50:50 basis

2. Lean months are limited to 3 months only.

3. The details of savings done are to be obtained from the District Fisheries Officers and it will be submitted to the Government.


Housing Programme is a sub-component of the Development of Model Fishermen Villages under CSS – National Scheme for Welfare of fishermen. The pattern of assistance is 50:50 between GoI and GoAP.

The GOAP dovetailed the CSS scheme with Housing Programme under Indiramma vide Memo.No.4114/F.II(2)/2009-6, dated: 8-10-2009. The DFOs will identify the fishermen who have covered under INDIRAMMA housing programme and got approved by the District Collector.

It is decided to provide the Rs.35,500/- as subsidy from the Govt.of India, in lieu of bridge loan to each beneficiary who have constructed house under INDIRAMMA programme

3. Group Accident Insurance Scheme:

This is a Centrally Sponsored Scheme.

Under this component ,fisher folk /Licensed /identified or registered with the State /UT Governments would be insured for Rs 2,00,000/- against death or permanent disability and Rs.1,00,000/- for partial permanent disability and a cover of Rs.10,000/- towards hospitalization expenses in the event of accident. The insurance cover will be for a period of 12 Months and a policy will be taken by FISHCOPFED.

The National Fishermen’s Cooperative Federation (FISHCOPFED), New Delhi is identified as a nodal agency for implementation of the scheme which takes a group policy in favors of fishers of all participating States and UTs.

All the active fishers of the State are insured for Rs.2.00 lakh against death and Rs 1.00 lakh for partial disability. Premium of Rs.20.27ps to each fisher is shared by the GOI and GOAP equally.

All the active fishermen and women either by caste or profession in the age group of 18-70 years are covered under this scheme.

Payment of Ex-gratia by the State Government:

Apart from the insurance amount of Rs 1.00 Lakh Government of Andhrapradesh have issued orders for payment of ex-gratia of Rs.1.00 lakh each to the families of deceased/missing fishermen w.e.f. 1-4-2008.

4. Supply of Insulated Ice Boxes to Fisherwomen:

Fish is a perishable commodity .Fish venders usually sale the fish on road side under the sunlight . There will be no facility to the vendors to keep the fish afresh till the consumers buy it. Due to prolonged exposure to sunlight the condition of the fish will be deteriorated, ultimately the vendor will sustain financial losses and the consumer will not get fish in hygienic condition.

To overcome such problems Govt. have introduced the scheme of supply of ice boxes to the fish vendors on 50% subsidy.

It is a scheme under normal state plan. Fish vendors are identified by District Fisheries Officers and the list of beneficiaries shall be approved by District Collector and District Level Committee.

The subsidy given to the beneficiary is 50% of the cost of the box or Rs.2000/- whichever is less. The choice as to the capacity and company is given to the beneficiary.

5. Sanction of Revolving Fund to Matsya Mitra Groups (MMGs)

Revolving fund will be given fisherwomen groups (MMGs) for doing fresh and dry fish business. It enables them to earn assured monthly income to the fisherwomen and also availability of fish to consumers leading to more domestic consumption. This amount provided to societies and in turn sanction as revolving fund to the Groups. The group has to utilize amount as revolving fund and generate the corpus to the group and society.

Unit Cost and Pattern of Assistance:

1. Components : working capital for Fish vending /Marketing women

2. Unit Cost :Rs.1.00 lakh per group

3. Subsidy : 100% grant to Society / MMG

The Guidelines are given below:

1. The members of Fisher Women Co operative Society will be formed in to Matsya Mitra Groups (MMG) with 10-15 memebrs in each group. The group should be preferably a homogeneous group.

2. Every member of the group shall deposit their saving of Rs.200/- per month and continually 6 month period.

3. Each group shall open a saving bank account in the service area bank.

4. The group members hall elect two among them as group leader 1 and 2 and authorize them to do financial transactions.

5. The group shall conduct meeting every month a a fixed place and time.

6. The group shall prepare a micro credit plan, internal lending, and recovery of loans on monthly basis, review of monthly report and recording of minutes of meeting and financial transactions in relevant registers every month.

7. The Fisheries Development Officer concerned shall guide and monitor the activity of MMG’s

All the MMGs groups are eligible for the above scheme. Preference should be given to the following roups.

Those groups are doing ornamental fish business Those groups are doing dry Wet fish business.

Those groups are doing Sea weed, Mud Crab culture.

6.Maintinance of Relief Boats:

There are 39 relief boats with outboard motors located at designated place to be used in natural calamities for evacuating of public and relief arrangements.

7 . Training Institutes (HRD Section)

The training institutes are imparting training to the fishermen boys on the various aspects related to the fisheries sector . The state Institute of Fisheries technology is locates in Kakinada and it is the apex institute and Inland Fisheries training institutes are located in Kurnool, Badamapudi (West. Godavari Dist.) and Fisheries training Institute is located in Machilipatnam.



The Department of Fisheries was using the Madras Fisheries Manual part I and II which deals with the administration and running of the Fish curing yards run by the Department of Andhra Pradesh embodying corrections upto 30th April, 1963. Afterwards, many changes have taken place in development of Fisheries Sector. It is proposed to prepare new Fisheries Departmental Manual and Functionary Manual separately incorporating changes that have occured in the duties of the functionaries of the department. The departmental manual will meet the requirements of regulation and development in the Fisheries Sector.

                                                                                          O/o Commissioner of Fisheries,

                                                             Government of Andhra Pradesh, Bandar Road,Poranki,Vijayawada-521137





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Mr. M.Balarama Murthy

Deputy Director of Fisheries





Mr. P.Koteswara Rao

Deputy Director of Fisheries





Mr. Sk.Lalmohammad

Assistant Director of Fisheries





Mr. K.Sitaramaraju

Joint Director of Fisheries




Mr. A.Chandrasekhar Reddy

Assistant Director of Fisheries





Mr. P.Srihari

Deputy Director of Fisheries





Mr. G. Heera Naik

Assistant Director of Fisheries





Mr. M.Nageswara Rao

Assistant Director of Fisheries