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UNI summit on transforming fisheries sector gets underway

New Delhi: The virtual summit on ‘Criticality of Transforming Fisheries Industry: Ushering Digitization to Support PMMSY’ began here on Tuesday.

Aimed at transforming the fisheries sector through digitization, the first-of-its-kind summit is being organised by India’s premier news agency, United News of India.

Union Minister of State for Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries, Pratap Chandra Sarangi will deliver the inaugural address at the summit.

The summit comes at a time when the government is fast-tracking the sector’s rapid modernization. In September, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the transformative Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana (PMMSY), which seeks to accelerate growth in the sector and usher a ‘Blue Revolution’ in India.

With an estimated investment of Rs 25,000 crore over five years as part of the ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ mission, the new measure is yet another demonstration of the importance the government places on the fishery sector and, therefore, it is no surprise that a number of ministries and departments are actively engaging on the crucial subject of modernising the sector to spur its long-term sustainable growth.

Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Dr Harsh Vardhan will also address in the summit via a video conferencing.

Given the crucial nature of the discussions on this strategic growth sector, and the role modern communications technologies are playing in the sector, the Department of Telecommunications, Ministry of Communications, Government of India, has also given its full official support and blessings to all the deliberations at the summit.

Other eminent speakers at the summit include: Dr Rajeev Ranjan, Secretary, Department of Fisheries, Government of India, Mr Parthsarathi Trivedi, CEO and Co-Founder Skylo Technologies, VK Dadhwal, Director , IIST, Lt Gen PJS Pannu,Former Deputy Chief Of Integrated Defence Staff, Dr Balakrishnan Nair, Director, INCOIS, Dr D Bhalla, IAS (Retd), Mr. Ganpati Mangre, Chairman, North Kanra District Co-Operative Fish Marketing Federation, Vikas Sharma, CMD – Centre for Strategy and leadership.

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