12 Fishermen From TN in Monday Talks
By Express News Service | Published: 26th January 2014 07:36 AM |
In the fishermen-level talks to be held between India and Sri Lanka on Monday, 12 fishermen from the districts of Nagapattinam, Thanjavur, Pudukkottai and Ramanathapuram and one fisherman from Puducherry would take part, while 10 fishermen from Sri Lanka would attend the discussions.
On behalf of the Sri Lankan government, senior officials including Nimal Hettiarachchi, director general, Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Dr S Subasinghe, advisor, Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development, and WSL De Silva, Asst Director, Dept of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, would take part in the talks.
Tamil Nadu Fisheries Minister K A Jeyapaul, Fisheries Secretary S Vijayakumar, Fisheries Director S Munianathan, Fisheries Additional Director K Rengaraju, top officials of the Coast Guard would take part as Tamil Nadu government observers.
Meanwhile, in Karaikal, at least 71 released fishermen and their 15 fishing trawlers arrived at the Karaikal port here on Saturday after spending over a month in Sri Lankan prisons.
A little later, as many as 111 Nagapattinam fishermen freed from the Trincomalee prison along with another set of 15 fishing trawlers also reached Karaikal port on Saturday night in a Coast Guard vessel ICGS ‘Vigraha’. All fishermen hailing from the coastal hamlets of Pudukottai, Ramanathapuram and Karaikal districts were handed over to the respective fisheries department officials.
Unlike the previous occasions, Saturday witnessed the return of the fishermen and their trawlers as well. The fishermen and trawler owners thanked the Tamil Nadu government for retrieving their fishing trawlers.