Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala government on Tuesday announced a debt relief to the tune of Rs 254 crores to fishermen in the state.
A decision to this effect was taken on the basis of recommendations by the Kerala Fishermen Debt-Relief Commission, Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan today told reporters after a cabinet meeting here.
More than 60,000 fishermen, who had taken loans from various co-operative institutions, would be benefitted by the decision, officials said.
This was the second phase of relief package announced for fishermen. Earlier, the government had written-off their debts of about Rs 126 crores, which benefitted more than
50,000 fishermen, they said.