The Goa government would soon start providing fish to the people at subsidised rates, Fisheries Minister Vinod Palyekar said today. The Goa Fisheries Corporation would be set up for this purpose, he said.
The minister said that 'fish curry and rice' is the staple diet of Goan people, and his party (Goa Forward Party) was fulfilling its election promise of providing fish at affordable prices. He and GFP leader Vijai Sardesai would soon meet the Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar to seek his guidance on this scheme, he said.
There was a proposal to set up fish stalls alongside the vegetable kiosks of Goa Horticulture Corporation (to sell at subsidised rates) but it was feared that this won't go down well with "pure vegetarian" customers who buy veggies at these kiosks, said the minister.
The annual ban on fishing during the monsoon will be enforced strictly, the minister said.