The initiative called Jaldeep Yojna is about being sensitive and responsive to the needs of isolated fisherfolk. The stakeholder government departments did have various schemes for them. But could not deliver the services due to constraint of unapproachability. Jaldeep scheme entrusted .Fisheries Federation to coordinate and synergize the activities of and provide logistic support to these department so that they could approach the fisher families on the islands and regularly benefit them with health care, nutrition etc.
Since May, 2007 more than 230. camps have been organised (and still counting ) on various islands and other isolated areas in/around the three reservoirs viz Indira Sagar , Bargi, Bansagar; benefitting 14733 fisher folk . This includes 2 camps exclusively for administering polio drops. Health intervention includes prophylactic health checkup, distribution of medicines of chlorine tablets for purification of drinking water, of ORS of first aid kits, referral of suitable cases to main hospitals, checkup and measurement of children and expecting mothers for malnutirition etc. their vaccination, distribution of supplementary nutrition and folic acid etc; One more intervention has been made in the area of school education. After due counseling of the parents their children's admission is arranged in the hostels of either tribal development department or school education department (whichever is nearer) where they receive free boarding/lodging, free education, books, uniform dresses etc. More than six female children have been receiving education in this manner. The number of enrollment and passing out of the fisher children from the mainland schools has also increased considerably.
The impact of the initiative is clearly visible in the improved health and increased income (through fishing) of these fishermen. Before this initiative, as no healthcare, nutrition supplement and preventive measures/checkups were available to fisherfolk at all, neither any baseline data regarding health status was available, therefore comparison cannot be made but the sheer no. of fisherfolk being benefitted by this initiative is self-explanatory.
As their health has improved and incidence of disease and sickness has decreased and they do not have to lose their workdays in order to visit the hospital on the mainland their productivity and income has tremendously increased.(post initiative period). The per capita average fish catch and ensuing income as wages in pre initiative period(2007-2008) was 3.407Kg and Rs. 52.06 respectively which after the initiative has increased to 8.979 kg and Rs.170.60 respectively ( as on November 2011).
The primary and major beneficiaries of this initiative are fishermen and the female and children members of their families living on the isolated islands and unapproachable areas. The other beneficiaries include various government departments who have learned to work together in harmony and synergy for a common cause of delivering their services in an efficient and streamlined manner to their target group.