Rameswaram fishermen resumes fishing ‘violating agreement’

1 March 2014 08:47 am - 4     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

A A A

The Rameswaram Mechanised boat fishermen, who had been staying away from the sea since February 13 as decided at the bilateral talks held between representatives of State fishermen with their Sri Lankan counterparts on January 27 in Chennai, resumed fishing on Saturday, two weeks ahead of the stipulated period, ‘violating’ the pact.

After staying away from the sea for a fortnight, the mechanised boat fishermen have set out for fishing from the fishing jetty in Rameswaram, armed with fishing permits issued by the fisheries department. Sources in the department said it has issued fishing permits to 690 boats.

Representatives of Mechanised boat fishermen from the districts of Ramanathapuram, Nagapattinam, Thanjavur, Pudukottai and Karaikal, who took part in the talks, had decided to stay away from fishing in the Palk Bay for a month till March 13 to take the talks to the next level to find an amicable solution to the dispute over fishing in the Palk Bay.

The Sri Lankan fishermen wanted their Indian counterparts to abstain from fishing for a month as a confidence-building measure. However, the fishermen could not stick to their decision. As the fishermen in other districts started venturing into the sea, Rameswaram fishermen also resumed fishing.

The fishermen, who just had ten fishing days in January and February, could not afford to stay away from fishing for long as they have no other means of livelihood, Mr P. Sesu Raja, district secretary, Tamil Nadu Coastal Mechanised Boat Fishermen Association, who took part in the bilateral talks, said.

The fishermen were forced to resume fishing as the workers were desperate and started moving to other districts, seeking jobs, he said. However, it has been decided to restrict the fishing in Indian waters and ensure that they would not cause any disturbance to their Lankan counterparts, he said.

This should not pose any hurdle to the second round of talks, he said and urged the Central and State governments to take steps to secure the release of all the 121 fishermen, including 116 fishermen arrested by the Lankan navy since January 30 and arrange for the second round of talks at the earliest.

Expressing disappointment, Mr U. Arulanandham, president of the Alliance for the Release of Innocent Fishermen (ARIF) said the fishermen resuming fishing before March 13 amounted to violation of the agreement reached in the first round of talks. The fishermen, however, should ensure that they do not cross the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL), he said.(The Hindu)
See Kapruka's top selling online shopping categories such as Toys, Grocery, Flowers, Birthday Cakes, Fruits, Chocolates, Clothing and Electronics. Also see Kapruka's unique online services such as Money Remittence,News, Courier/Delivery, Food Delivery and over 700 top brands. Also get products from Amazon & Ebay via Kapruka Gloabal Shop into Sri Lanka.

 

  Comments - 4

See Kapruka's top selling online shopping categories such as Toys, Grocery, Flowers, Birthday Cakes, Fruits, Chocolates, Clothing and Electronics. Also see Kapruka's unique online services such as Money Remittence,News, Courier/Delivery, Food Delivery and over 700 top brands. Also get products from Amazon & Ebay via Kapruka Gloabal Shop into Sri Lanka.

 

 
  • Calistus Jayatilleke Saturday, 01 March 2014 11:44 AM

    Once again proves that it is futile to place any trust on these Tamil Nadu fishermen who never seem to give up their illegal fishing. So, it is time to stop any discussions and take more positive and practical actions to stop them once and for all.

    True Lankan Saturday, 01 March 2014 02:24 PM

    Very fishy business! violation of a pact cannot bring about an amicable solution. via DM Android App

    jim pappa Sunday, 02 March 2014 02:08 PM

    I guess the problem lies not with the fisherrmen, Calistus, but with that crafty ' fatsy' and other politicos who stir up their feelings for their votes. They are quite adept in "pissing" in troubled waters.

    Sunil Wimalasuriya Sunday, 02 March 2014 02:56 PM

    Catch them, rehabilitate them while in captivity.
    Yesterday it was kallathoni, today it is illicit fishing,
    protect our land protect our seas. NPC nor the TNA will help.


Add comment

Comments will be edited (grammar, spelling and slang) and authorized at the discretion of Daily Mirror online. The website also has the right not to publish selected comments.

Reply To:

Name - Reply Comment




Employees’ health and safety our top-most priority - Brandix

When inquired, Brandix Apparel Limited said that health and safety of employe

“Workers who fainted had water sprinkled on their faces and had to work again”

Health authorities believe the first reported Covid-19 infected worker from t

“Social media ruined us” - husband of Minuwangoda Brandix factory worker

The Minuwangoda Brandix factory worker who first tested positive for Covid-19

Last rites far from home

The body of the Sri Lankan migrant worker Bandu who died of coronavirus in Du

See Kapruka's top selling online shopping categories such as Toys, Grocery, Flowers, Birthday Cakes, Fruits, Chocolates, Clothing and Electronics. Also see Kapruka's unique online services such as Money Remittence,News, Courier/Delivery, Food Delivery and over 700 top brands. Also get products from Amazon & Ebay via Kapruka Gloabal Shop into Sri Lanka.