Odisha’s “ Empowering fishermen through mobile advisory services and toll free call centers for fisheries extension service”, a scheme which has been popular amongst fishermen earned appreciation at the Union government level and an award at a national workshop on good practices in rural development sector.
Fisheries department sources here said the Ministry of Rural Development had organised a national workshop under the “ Saansad Adarsha Gram Yojana” at Bhopal recently wheremore than 100 MPs of different states were invited. For Schemes Implemented by different states nominations were sought and Odisha’s scheme was shortlisted from 528 nominations and finally nominated as the best amongst the final 31 schemes. Exhibition stalls of all the 31 final nominations had been put up. Under the Scheme in Odisha over two lakhs SIM cards have been distributed in last two years and have been of great use during natural calamities.