'We do not want money for saving lives of fellow humans': Fishermen refuse Kerala government's Rs 3,000 conveyance

Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan has announced an amount of Rs 3,000 for every fisherman who came forward to save people's lives.

Published: 20th August 2018 05:31 PM  |   Last Updated: 22nd August 2018 04:23 PM   |  A+A-

Fishermen from coastal regions of Ernakulam assist rescue operations in small fishing boats at Thottumugham near Aluva (Photo| Melton Antony/ EPS)

By IANS

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A leader of fishermen, who have won widespread praise by rescuing hundreds caught up in the Kerala floods, on Monday refused to accept Rs 3,000 offered to each member of the community by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.

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Khais Mohammed from Fort Kochi said in a video post that he and his colleagues were happy to hear the words of praise from the Chief Minister for the role they played in going to the remotest areas amid pouring rain and dangerous waters to rescue the marooned.

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"We are really happy that I and my friends rescued several people. What made us happier was when you said that we (fishermen) are your army. But after that, we heard that for our services we will be paid Rs 3,000. Sir, that made us really sad as we do not want money for saving the lives of fellow humans," Mohammed said.

He, however, added that all the fishermen were happy that the government had promised to repair their damaged boats free of cost.

"That's good news. But we do not want money for saving lives," he added.

Fishermen from major fishing centres reached the worst-hit Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Ernakulam and Thrissur districts with their boats after unprecedented rains and the opening of sluice gates of dams spread misery.

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  • Sushama Kumar

    Salute to the Gods in human form!
    30 days ago reply
  • Venkatraman hukar

    They are not just fishermen, they are the god-sent humans for fellow humans.
    1 month ago reply