Now, roadside fish sellers in Jharkhand cities will get better hygienic and organised ambience to do their business as the fishery department has decided to provide them wooden platform and stall.
Roadside fish vendors are often blamed for encroaching busy roads. The initiative is also aimed at giving free passage to traffic.
The department has resolved to provide wooden platform on roadside pavements worth Rs 5000 each to 401 women fish vendors, who squat on roads. Male fish vendors will also be eligible for a mobile stall worth Rs 40,000 during this financial year.
Joint director of the department Manoj Kumar on Wednesday said vendors, who squat on road side, not only sell fish in unhygienic condition but also dirtied roads with rotten fish waste and water.
In first phase, 250 male fish vendors would be provided with stall. Ranchi has highest number of vendors (15) followed by Jamshedpur (14) and Dhanbad (10).
The fisheries department official said women beneficiaries would have to invest 5% (Rs 250) for a wooden platform while male vendors will get a mobile stall of worth Rs 40,000 at Rs 4,000.
The 3.50 feet high wooden platform is equipped with a tub for storing waste water.
Manoj Kumar said for promotion of the project among women vendors, the department would display the model of wooden platform across the state.