The talks between fishermen's representatives of Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka on January 27 be an opportunity to prevent arrest of fishermen from this state and seizure of their boats by the island nation's naval personnel, Minister of State for PMO V Narayanasamy said today.
"The talks on January 27 will help arrive at an understanding between fishermen of Sri Lanka and Tamil Nadu upto where they can go for fishing," he told reporters at the airport in Chennai.
Besides the talks would be an ideal platform to prevent the (alleged) attack on Tamil Nadu fishermen and seizure of their boats by the Sri Lankan Navy, he said.
He said the decision to convene a meeting between fishermen associations of Sri Lanka and Tamil Nadu were taken after requests for a permanent solution from leaders of fishermen from Vedharanyam and Karaikal districts.
"Based on their request only did we decide to convene the meeting (between the fishermen associations)," he said.
Asked about Congress stand in the February 7 Rajya Sabha polls in the state in view of DMK already announcing its candidate, he said it was upto Congress President Sonia Gandhi to decide on the party's stand.
DMK, a former ally of the ruling UPA, announced that 'Tiruchi' R Siva as its candidate for the RS polls.
Narayanasamy, who handed over Rs 1,100 monthly assistance each to 140 aged and widows under a Puducherry government scheme, thanked Chief Minister for providing the government the list of beneficiaries.
He said the CM should however raise the monthly aid to Rs 2000 as promised in the poll manifesto of the ruling AINRC.
The government should raise the assistance to Rs 2,000 as it was one of the promises made by the ruling AINRC in the run up to 2011 assembly poll, he said and alleged it had not fulfilled any of its poll promises. (Outlook India)