Thoothukudi, 21 November, 2019: The fishing community is one of the most prominent communities in Thoothukudi. Fishing provides an occupational identity to fishers. It is the mainstay of the district and more than just a livelihood for most fishermen. It helps generate income for a good number of its citizens.
Understanding the needs of this community, Sterlite Copper initiated to help more than 400 fishermen by providing them with fishing net material kits worth INR 59, 00,000 for the preparation of fishing nets. The preparation of the fishing nets are used during the breeding season, when the fishing activity is paused (April to June).
The material kits were distributed to fishermen residing in Inigo Nagar Siluvai Patti and Threspuram. The fishing net material kits, which are inevitable to run their occupation, ranges from INR 17,000 to INR 20,000.
Each material kit includes Fishnet Fabric weighing 7 and 10 Kg, 150 Fishing Floats, HDPE fishnet twine weighing 1 kg, Rope weighing 40 kg, Crab Net, Salai Net, Squid Net and Prawn Net.
The daily wages of the fishermen varies from INR INR 200 to INR 1000 depending on the time of the day and the climatic conditions.
The organisation also looks forward to distribute more fishing net material in different phases, with currently 361 requests by the villagers which is in process.
Mr. Pankaj Kumar, CEO – Sterlite Copper, shared his thoughts on the initiative “Fishing is more than just a livelihood in Thoothukudi and we want to support this integral community and help them have a self-sustainable livelihood by sponsoring the fishing net material kits which will help them procure different varieties of fish during the season. There is a great response from the fishermen community regarding this initiative and so we look forward to aiding them by sponsoring more material kits in the upcoming phases.”
As part of Sterlite’s ongoing community related activities aiming at positively impacting the lives of Thoothukudi by developing sustainable platforms, more initiatives in the areas of Education, Health, Clean Drinking Water, Tree Plantation, Youth Skill Development and Women Empowerment are being carried out.
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