Union Minister Sushri Uma Bharti Visited ICAR-Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute, Barrackpore, Kolkata

Last Updated on 27.05.2017

Honourable Union Minister of Water Resources, River development and Ganga Rejuvenation Sushri Uma Bharti ji visited ICAR-Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute (CIFRI), Barrackpore, Kolkata on 26th May, 2017.

Dr. B. K. Das, Director, ICAR-CIFRI welcomed the Honourable minister and apprised of the work done on fisheries in River Ganga and other rivers of the country by the institute. Honourable minister in her speech emphasized that the two scientificinstitutions in India namely ICAR-CIFRI, Barrackpore and Forest Research Institute, Dehradun are contributing significantly in the National Mission on Clean Ganga. Honourable Ministerstressed that‘NirmalDhara’ of river Ganga can be achieved only when original aqualife (fish, dolphin, etc.) of river Ganga can be restored in their own habitats. Role of ICAR-CIFRI is immense in this direction for biodiversity mapping and restoring original aqualife of river Ganga. Learning from experiences of other rivers in wholesome management of the river Ganga will certainly make the river Ganga as the best river maintaining its uniqueness as targeted, she added. Shri U. P. Singh, IAS, Director General of National Mission on Clean Ganga, Shri B. K. Biswas, Chairman, Ground Water Board and Shri Madhusudan Ghosh, Local MLA were also present on this occasion. Two main prized warm water fishes Rohu (Labeorohita) and Catla (Catlacatla) have been released under the project by Sushri Uma Bharti, in river Ganga at Barrackpore, West Bengal.

Honourable Minister also interacted with the Fishers, Fishermen of SagarIsland, Hooghly and Nadia district. Naming Fishermen, Scientists and the people who are dependent on Ganga for their livelihood as the Ganga Parivaar, she asked all to contribute towards making Ganga clean and incessant. On behalf of ICAR-CIFRI, she handed over fish nets to fish farmers of Sagar Island. She also declared that a Sewagae Treatment Plant (STP) will be set up at Barrackpore at the cost of Rs. 272 Crores. She took keen interest in the exhibition showing fishes of River Ganga. Honourable Minister released a poster in Hindi on fishes of River Ganga.

ICAR-CIFRI under NMCG project on fish and fisheries of River Ganga is being assigned to understand both qualitative and quantitative distribution of fish species. As far as, a total of 158 fish species have already been recorded from the entire stretch of River Ganga. Out of which, 1 number of endangered, 2 number of Vulnerable and 14 near threatened species have been recorded. In respect to the present scenario, contribution of major consumable fish species especially Indian Major Carps (IMC) have declined drastically all throughout the river Ganga due to various anthropogenic activities in past decades such as pollution, overfishing, use of destructive fishing gears etc. A total number of two thousand and five hundred fingerlings (sized 8-10 cm) of Rohu (Labeorohita) and Catla (Catlacatla)has been released as per the ranching objective under the present NMCG sponsored project.

River development and Ganga Rejuvenation

Union Minister Sushri Uma Bharti Visited ICAR-CIFRI

Union Minister Sushri Uma Bharti Visited ICAR-CIFRI

Union Minister Sushri Uma Bharti Visited ICAR-CIFRI

Honourable minister in her speech