Marine fish are to be considered the sisters of the goddess Laxmi, Fisheries, Livestock and Dairy Minister Parshottam Rupala said in Anand on Friday.
âWe don’t know much about the fishing industry and people are not interested in it (a lot). But know that the sea is the paternal home of the goddess Laxmi. She is the daughter of the sea. I mention this because the goddess Laxmi is the daughter of the sea, the fish is also the daughter of the sea. So in a way she (the fish) is considered the sister of the goddess Laxmi. If you want the blessings of Goddess Laxmi (which means wealth) then you should also have the blessings of her sister. God once appeared in the form of matsya, or fish, âsaid the Union minister, encouraging people to take up farming and fishing. He was speaking in Vadala at an Atmanirbhar Gram Yatra event, organized by the state government to execute local infrastructure development in villages and rural areas.
Rupala also said Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended the benefits of Kisan Credit Cards (KCC), in which farmers in the state pay zero percent interest on loans up to Rs 3 lakh, to fishermen and people involved in animal husbandry.
The Minister presented a symbolic KCC card to a fisherman fishing in a government-owned body of water. âHe hasn’t started growing shrimp yet. If he does, he will switch from loan seeker to loan provider, âRupala said, adding that the government of Gujarat has started giving KCC to people associated with farming and fishing. “We will ask the state government to provide a similar relief of four percent from the interest rates it currently grants to farmers holding KCCs,” he added.