Hyderabad: Animal Husbandry and Fisheries Minister Talasani Srinivas Yadav on Monday warned that the State government would take stern action against those who were violating norms in the shrimp distribution programme.
He directed Fisheries Commissioner Lachiram Bhukya to set up a committee with senior officials under Additional Director of Fisheries to probe into complaints against violation of norms in shrimp distribution. He also wanted the officials to initiate stern action against those responsible for irregularities.
As part of the shrimp distribution programme launched in 2017-18, 8 lakh crore shrimp were first released into 11 water bodies. Of these, 7,783 tonnes of prawns worth Rs 171 crore were produced. Due to the high demand for prawns produced in fresh water resources of Telangana in national and State level markets, shrimp cultivation is picking up pace in the State. In 2020-21, 4.15 crore shrimp were released into 90 water bodies and 11,734 tonnes of prawns worth Rs 381 crore were produced.
Plans are afoot to release nearly 10 crore shrimp in 313 water bodies across the State this fiscal year. So far, around 5.34 crore shrimp have been released into 140 water sources. The Minister, however, said that there were complaints of non-compliance with regard to rules and regulations on the quality and number of shrimp released in Mid Manair reservoir in Rajanna Sircilla district and Konda Bhimanapalli lake of Devarakonda constituency. He warned of stringent action against those violating the norms.
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