MADHYA PRADESH Fisheries Federation is making efforts to provide health and anganwadi facilities to fishermen families residing in isolated islands in big reservoirs of the State.
The Indira Sagar Dam has also developed many such islands recently. Madhya Pradesh Fisheries Federation Managing Director Kanchan Jain, in a proposal sent to Principal Secretaries of Health Department and Women and Child Development Department, has requested that health and nutritious diet facilities be provided to these isolated families through patrolling motorboat.
The Managing Director said due to availability of fish in abundance in the middle of the reservoir, fishermen temporarily settle in isolated islands or near reservoirs along with their families. They live here for eight to nine months in a year. Most of these families include children and expectant mothers who are deprived of Government facilities like health, anganwadi, education etc.
If the proposal materialises - one mobile anganwadi will cover three to four islands at one time. The federation is planning to begin education and banking facilities to these isolated families through patrolling motorboats in the second phase of the scheme.