Over 100 fishermen from Tamil Nadu will meet Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj next Monday to give a petition demanding uninterrupted fishing rights in the Sri Lankan waters.
According to Rameswaram-based fisher leader S. Emarit, who represents owners of mechanised boats, leaders of fishermen’s associations across the State, the fishermen representing areas including Rameswaram, Nagapattinam, Karaikal, will participate in the meeting scheduled to be held in New Delhi on April 27.
“We plan to give a petition to the Minister demanding that Sri Lankan fishermen stay away from the sea on days we go fishing there,” he said.
Sri Lankan fishermen of the Tamil-majority Northern Province of the island have, for long, accused their Tamil Nadu counterparts of destroying their livelihoods by encroaching and using destructive bottom-trawling practices.
The Sri Lankan Navy periodically arrests Indian fishermen on charges of engaging in illegal fishing methods.
Tamil Nadu fishermen, however, argue that they fish in Sri Lankan waters as part of their “traditional rights”, a claim Sri Lankan fishermen – still trying to recover from the war that tore their region apart – have repeatedly called “unfair”.
In the recent round of talks between fishermen from both the countries, held in Chennai in March, the Indian fishermen said they could reduce the number of their fishing days from 90 to 83, even as they “attempt to phase out trawling”.
The Sri Lankan delegation said it would respond after holding consultations with members of the fishing community.
“We are waiting to hear from our Sri Lankan brothers,” Mr. Emarit told The Hindu on Monday.(The Hindu)
This is good joke. Protests,rally and appeal demanding to tresspas into our water by anther country fishermen. PM Ranils statement of shooting is correct dont take it as joke
Wellwisher Tuesday, 21 April 2015 09:40 PM
Why should we allow them to fish in our waters? They can fish in their side. Otherwise we will sooner have no fish in our region....
Dayan Tuesday, 21 April 2015 09:42 PM
Are they not ashamed to rob from next door. Indian fisherman are shameless people.
modaya Tuesday, 21 April 2015 09:47 PM
Traditional fishing ground/sea concept.
Cobra Wednesday, 22 April 2015 08:04 AM
The height of cheek!!!
Mrtin Wednesday, 22 April 2015 08:46 AM
Tin, they are not mad, they will get this right soon, since we have a spineless leader in the country.
KJ Wednesday, 22 April 2015 08:48 AM
can we have uninterrupted access to their nuclear missiles
Ravi Wednesday, 22 April 2015 08:55 AM
I think bloody Indians are uncivilized set of idiots they are clueless about territorial waters.
Prem Nath Wednesday, 22 April 2015 09:21 AM
See RW given in to India soon.
Aviator Wednesday, 22 April 2015 09:24 AM
Maybe RW is actually right. A shot or two to one of these fools, should make them think straight.
Kayar Wednesday, 22 April 2015 09:29 AM
Hmhmmm.. they like our daughter... no we wont let them have her everyday... only 90 days a year.... ! ?????international bullying????
Abdul Hameed Wednesday, 22 April 2015 10:38 AM
What idiots. They have no right to fish in our waters. Sri Lankan Navy should shoot these people in order to change their mentality. India has no right to invade our territorial waters.We should have more navel bases in North of our country.
FAYAD Wednesday, 22 April 2015 11:05 AM
What a joke
Suraaaangani Wednesday, 22 April 2015 11:45 AM
They should not cross Sri Lankan waters to fish, The navy has been given the FINISHING Rights, if they do.
Sri Lanka Thursday, 23 April 2015 12:13 PM
if they reduce it to 2days still we cant accept this crap.let them fish there own sea not Sri Lankan
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