The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) is taking up a unique initiative to simplify tendering process so that more number of unemployed youth can be engaged in fish farming at various wards under the KMC area through the formation of co-operatives.
It was learnt from the sources that many youth do not take part in the tendering process as they are unaware of its norms. A senior official of the Environment department of the KMC said that many people do not know how to take part in the tendering process for fish farming in the KMC-owned waterbodies. The Environment department of the civic body is now contemplating on the simplification of tendering rules so that more people can participate in the process.
One of the main purposes of this initiative is to involve more number of unemployed people in fish farming through the formation of co-operatives. The youth can also participate in the tendering process as a co-operative to start fish farming in the ponds. Last year, tendering process was performed but interest was shown for only one pond out of 50 ponds.
The tendering process will be done during June-July this year. The people who will start fish farming in a pond have to pay a certain amount to the KMC according to the square meter of the area of the pond. It has also been observed that in some wards people are utilising ponds for farming fishes without informing the KMC and not following the norms of the civic body resulting in financial losses. People who will take part in pisciculture have to pay an amount to the KMC once in a year for using its ponds and waterbodies.
A senior official of the Environment department of the KMC believes that the simplification of tendering process will attract number unemployed youth to take
part in pisciculture thereby boosting the socio-economic condition of the people.
It was learnt that the Member and Mayor-in-Council (Environment) Swapan Samaddar will hold a meeting with the senior officials of the Environment department on May 8 in this regard.