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ICAR-CIFRI Launches Third Phase of 'Namami Gange' River Ranching Programme

Dr Himanshu Pathak, Secretary (DARE) & Director General (ICAR), inaugurates the 3rd Phase of 'Namami Gange' River Ranching, releasing 50,000 advanced fingerlings to rejuvenate the Ganga.

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Dr Pathak inaugurated the 'Matsyiki Manthan' boat, a floating laboratory acquired under NMCG Phase-II
Dr Pathak inaugurated the 'Matsyiki Manthan' boat, a floating laboratory acquired under NMCG Phase-II

Dr Himanshu Pathak, Secretary (DARE) & Director General (ICAR), inaugurated the third phase of the 'Namami Gange' River Ranching Programme at Seoraphuli Ghat. The initiative approved as a 'Flagship Programme' by the Union Government in June 2014 with a budget outlay of Rs 20,000 crore, aims to achieve the dual objectives of pollution abatement and the preservation of the Ganga's ecosystem.

Indian Major Carps

During the visit, Dr Pathak released about fifty thousand advanced fingerlings of Indian Major Carps into the Ganga. These fingerlings, originating from the natural genetic resources of the Ganga, Sindh, Brahmaputra, and various other river systems, are crucial for the ecological balance of the river. The Indian Major Carps, falling under the genera Catla, Labeo, and Cirrhinus, play a pivotal role in maintaining the biodiversity of the Ganga.

Laboratory and Infrastructure Development

Dr Pathak also inaugurated the 'Matsyiki Manthan' boat, a floating laboratory acquired under NMCG Phase-II. This vessel is designed to address various issues related to river research. Additionally, the inauguration of the Platinum Wing, Block-A at ICAR-CIFRI, signifies a commitment to advancing infrastructure for fisheries research.

Call to Excellence

During his interaction with the staff, Dr Pathak urged young scientists to enhance their knowledge and dedication to achieving excellence in the field of science. The significance of river ranching programs in stock enhancement for open water resources was emphasised, highlighting their role in restoring, conserving, and uplifting the declining fish fauna.

The event was graced by the presence of Dr J. K. Jena, Deputy Director General (Fisheries Science), and Dr B.K Das, Director, CIFRI. Dr Das, in his inaugural speech, welcomed all attendees, underscoring the role of river ranching programs, citing the release of 63.5 lakhs advanced fingerlings in the river Ganga during the 2nd Phase of NMCG.

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