Hit by rise of diesel price, fishermen skip work

The rise in diesel prices has had a strong impact on Cuddalore fishermen’s lives.

Published: 05th September 2018 02:35 AM  |   Last Updated: 05th September 2018 02:35 AM   |  A+A-

Boats remain anchored near the Cuddalore OT on Tuesday | Harish Murali

Express News Service

CUDDALORE: The rise in diesel prices has had a strong impact on Cuddalore fishermen’s lives. On Tuesday, most of them were seen having skipped going to sea due to rise in prices of fuel. They plan to skip work for the next few days too.

The 53-km long coast from Parangipettai till Thazhanguda comprises 49 fishing villages and houses a major chunk of the district’s population. The coast is known for its varieties of catch from the sea and a large part of the catch is exported to Kerala.

The fishermen, who usually take at least four days to return from the sea, carry 1,500- 2,000 litres of diesel. On Tuesday, diesel price was hovering around `75.

Speaking to Express, district president of the Tamil Nadu Meenavar Peravai M Subbarayan said that despite a `10 fuel rebate being provided to fishermen, the soaring fuel price makes it impossible to net a profit.

“The fishing season had just begun after the off-breeding period of 61 days. However, the fuel prices have hit us hard now. We hoped the prices but come down but it is taking a turn for the worse,” he added.
The fishing community here has appealed to the government to increase the fuel subsidy in order to help them continue their livelihood.

Police apathy

Fishermen along the coast of Tamil Nadu have raised concerns regarding the rise of fuel prices and its effect on their livelihood. In the past few days alone, fishing associations from Ramanathapuram, Thoothukudi, Nagapattinam and Cuddalore districts have raised the issue and demanded government support or intervention to address the issue

Stay up to date on all the latest Tamil Nadu news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp