Imphal: Fishery Minister S. Rajen Singh on Saturday has released five lakhs of fish fingerlings into Loktak Lake and Kanglapat in connection with the observance of Loktak Day.
Speaking to media Rajen Singh said that the government maintained fish farms in the state have been strictly surveyed during the past few days. There have been many farms which are found not maintaining properly. New initiatives have been taken up to improve and upgrade the Government maintained fish farms. Additional funds will be sought from the funding agencies like North Eastern Council (NEC) in order to meet the current requirement. In this regard concerned fishery officials have been instructed to take up necessary actions, he added.
Shri Rajen said that most of the celebrations and occasions of the state has been suspended due to the pandemic of COVID-19. Ningol Chakouba Festival is also approaching. It may not be celebrated at the large scale in the state because of the Pandemic. But as a tradition, while celebrating the festival most of the people of the state prefers fish as major dish of the day. Minister assured that the Government will make fish available at a lower price as compared to the past as a token of love and respect to our ladies of the state.
Speaking about the unprofessional conducts in the fishery department, Rajen Singh said that the previous director of Fishery Department is under scanner by the Vigilance Department for the mismanagement of departmental fund during his tenure. There will be justice, he added.
During his interaction with the media, minister also appreciated the role taken by the members of Community Owned Fish Hatchery and Seed Farm, Toubul for their dedicated service and producing more fish products. The ministerial team also includes Chairman, Manipur Pollution Control Board, L. Radhakishwor Singh, MLA, Thanga A.C, T. Robindro Singh, Director Fishery, Gojendro Singh, officials and staffs of Fishery Department.