Gangtok, 20 Aug (IPR): Minister for Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services, Shri Lok Nath Sharma, convened a meeting with the officials of Directorate of Fisheries in the presence of the concerned Secretary, Shri S.B. Subba, at the Directorate, Paljor Stadium Road in Gangtok today.
The Minister stressed to revive fish farming and suggested to utilise technical manpower for immediate repairing of existing farm, raceway tank and fish ponds. He encouraged officials to work with new spirit and prepare a convincing proposal for the new projects as well.
After contemplating on various issues and challenges, the Minister urged to work in close proximity with the parent department and underlined responsibility and accountability of the Directorate to embrace targeted achievements through collective efforts. He also advised launching a web portal of the Directorate to disseminate information about various governmental schemes in order to generate massive awareness.
Secretary, Shri S.B. Subba, advised carrying out output orientated activities and make visible social impact. He also stressed upon conducting research work to address challenges and to bring notable progress in practice.
Director, Fisheries, Shri Sunil Pradhan, presented overview of the Directorate of Fisheries. He elaborated various activities like trout culture, seed production, departmental schemes, infrastructures, budgetary provision, five year action plan and also appraised about the constraints like shortage of manpower, discontinuation in trout farming, monitoring and supervision of fish import etc.
Amidst his presentation, the Minister, Secretary and departmental officials had thorough discussion on highlighted subjects and came out with various inputs to strengthen fisheries production mechanism in the State.
Later, the Minister accompanied by the Secretary visited various sections of the Directorate of Fisheries, State Aquarium, Ornamental Fish Breeding-cum-Demonstration Unit.
Earlier, Minister Shri Sharma and the newly joined Secretary, Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services were accorded warm welcome by the officials and staff of the Directorate.