According to NSSO Date more than 26% of Rural India consumes fish as a staple diet. 4.5 million Indians work in fisheries. Yet fish was not listed as an essential item and fishermen who had gone out to sea before the lockdown had to destroy all they caught and brought back.
The fishing that stopped only due to bad weather or monsoons, this time it has come to a standstill due to the lockdown. With the lack of ice, the catch they get also rots away. In the last 18 days around 1 lakh tonnes of fish has been dumped or destroyed. As they are following the lockdown norms, it’s imperative this community also receives the attention and relief from the government. While an order has been issued by the authorities to list fish as an essential item, the on ground reality hasn’t changed much and they still face a challenge of survival.
No Footprints is raising a fund to help this community stay afloat. Every penny will help them get through this tough times!