Four people were caught fishing on lakeside and later released after being warned by the officials of Fisheries Department today.
The issue came to light when our UT correspondent spotted tens of people fishing on the banks of Swaroop Sagar lake and immediately informed concerned authorities.
It may be noted that, fishing is prohibited by the Fisheries Department from 15th July to 31st August but still many people get involved in the illegal activities.
On the instructions of R.M Shrivastava, Chief Fisheries Development Officer (FDO) a flying squad raided the spot of action. Quite a few people fishing there managed to escape but four people were nabbed by the squad.
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All fishing materials were seized by the officials. The offenders were released after a strict warning for stern action, including police detention, next time they are caught.
The initial period of monsoon is considered to be the breeding season for fishes. Hence strict vigilance is installed in lake areas to prevent the prohibited activities. Department of Fisheries is struggling with lack of staff and huge work area as they also keep eye on Rajsamand district.
Officials of Fisheries Department checking the spot near lake
R.M. Shrivastav told that department is having many seats vacant and since 1987, no recruitment has been registered in the department. Posts of Asst. Director Fisheries, Inspector, Research and Investigation officer and even LDCs are also vacant.
He also requested people to contact Deputy Director, Fisheries Department in case they spot any illegal fishing activity.