For the first time in the country the State Government, under the aegis of Karnataka State Fisheries Co-operative Federation (KSFCF), has begun establishing 100 Mathsya Darshinis (outlets for selling fish and its food products) throughout the State.

The new scheme is said to be funded to a tune of 90% by Nati-onal Fisheries Development Board (NFDB) headed by Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar and the rest by State Government. The scheme is floated under the Rastriya Krishi Vikas Yojan. The first such stall is getting readied at the main entrance of Kukkha-rahalli Lake in city and is likely to be inaugurated on Feb. 1.

Interestingly, the stalll is shaped like a giant fish measuring 18x9 with the entrance through the stomach portion, stores at the mouth and kitchen at the tail. The fish is mounted on a huge platform. All varieties of fish and its delicacies will be available at the stall.

Speaking about the mission KSFCF President S. Madegowda told SOM today that each stall would cost Rs. 3 lakh and the scheme would provide employment to graduates to run the stalls with the Federation taking responsibility of supplying fish, raw materials for preparing delicacies and maintaining the infrastructure. He added that 50 such stalls would be established in Bangalore and Mysore with 25 in city not to exclude rural areas.