National Fisheries Policy (NFP)

Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA MINISTRY OF FISHERIES, ANIMAL HUSBANDRY & DAIRYING DEPARTMENT OF FISHERIES RAJYA SABHA UNSTARRED QUESTION No. 1517 TO BE ANSWERED ON 23 rd SEPTEMBER, 2020 „National Fisheries Policy (NFP)’ 1517. DR. AMAR PATNAIK: Will the Minister of FISHERIES, ANIMAL HUSBANDRY & DAIRYING be pleased to state: (a) the main objectives of the National Fisheries Policy; (b) whether Government has mechanism in place to prevent cruelty to the aquatic animals; (c) if so, the details thereof; and (d) if not, the manner in which Government plans to prevent it with expansion of trading of aquatic animals under Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana (PMMSY)? ANSWER THE MINISTER OF STATE FOR FISHERIES, ANIMAL HUSBANDRY & DAIRYING (SHRI PRATAP CHANDRA SARANGI) (a) The „National Fisheries Policy‟ has not been notified till date. However, the “National Policy on Marine Fisheries, 2017” was notified on 28th April, 2017 by the then Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries, Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Government of India, with an overarching goal to ensure the health and ecological integrity of the marine living resources of India‟s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) through sustainable harvests for the benefit of present and future generations of the nation. (b) & (c) Yes, Sir. The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 provides for promotion of animal welfare generally and for the purpose of protecting animals from being subjected to unnecessary pain or suffering. In this regard, the Animal Welfare Board of India has been created to oversee such issues. (d) Does not arise.