Extending the facility of Kisan Credit Card to farmers engaged in fisheries, aquaculture and animal husbandry, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday allocated a dedicated fund of Rs 10,000 crore to develop the sector. The move is expected to enhance standards of animal rearing in the country and production, even as the government in 2016 amended norms and hiked standards under Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Regulation of Livestock Markets) Rules 2016 and a similar rule for aquarium and fish tanks. “We propose to extend Kisan Credit Card to fishery and animal husbandry farmers.
“For Fisheries and aquaculture, Animal Husbandry the government dedicates a corpus fund of Rs 10,000 crore,” the Finance Minister said while presenting the 2018-10 Union Budget. India globally ranks second in fisheries and second in aquaculture according to the National Fisheries Development Board. Considered an important sector to provide nutritional security, the fishery and aquaculture sector alone engages 14 million people, while it constitute about 1.1 percent to country’s GDP and 5.15 percent to the agricultural GDP. The total fish production of 10.07 million metric tonnes.
Also, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday announced a flagship National Health Protection Scheme under which Rs 5 lakh cover will be provided a year to 10 crore poor and vulnerable families in the country. “We are now launching a flagship national health protection scheme to cover 10 crore poor and vulnerable families. This is approximately 50 crore beneficiaries, by providing them up to Rs 5 lakh per family per year for secondary and tertiary care hospitalisation,” Jaitley said presenting the 2018-19 Union Budget. Terming it as the world’s largest government funded healthcare programme, Jaitley said it would take healthcare protection to a new aspirational level
Jaitley also announced Rs 1,200 crore for the 1.5 lakh wellness health centres in the country. He also announced Rs 600 crore for nutritional support of Tuberculosis patients in India. Under the initiative, Rs 500 will be provided to each TB patient undergoing treatment. “A total of 24 new government medical colleges have also been announced as part of the new initiative for health by the government,” said Jaitley