Jaya Prods PM to Break Silence on Fisherfolk - The New Indian Express

Jaya Prods PM to Break Silence on Fisherfolk

Published: 08th January 2014 07:42 AM

Last Updated: 08th January 2014 07:42 AM

Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has accused the Central government of being a mute spectator to the sufferings of Tamil Nadu fishermen at the hands of the Lankan Navy and the woes of their families all along.

In her letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the arrest of 25 fishermen and detention of five mechanised boats from Ramanathapuram district by the Lankan Navy on January 2  at the Gulf of Mannar, the Chief Minister said “the repressive Lankan Navy is establishing its authoritarian presence in the Palk Bay by chasing and arresting unarmed innocent fishermen from Tamil Nadu who offer no provocation.”

“I am at a loss for words to convey my deepest anguish and frustration over the repeated apprehension and incarceration of a large number of Indian fishermen from Tamil Nadu by the Lankan Navy,” she said and added that the hopelessly inadequate response of the Centre had given rise to considerable resentment and angst not only among the fishermen community, but also the entire population of Tamil Nadu.

She also pointed out that the breadwinners of  poor fishermen families were kept under detention for months together in an alien land and the only assets they possessed to earn their livelihood were also allowed to rot and ruin there due to the inaction of the Centre.

Recalling her earlier letters in this regard, the Chief Minister sought the Prime Minister’s  personal intervention and the use of diplomatic channels in a concrete and decisive manner with the Sri Lankan authorities to secure the immediate release of 275 fishermen who were languishing in Sri Lankan jails and the 84 fishing boats in Lankan custody, at the earliest.

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