ALAPPUZHA: The Kerala Swathanthra Matsya Thozhilali Federation has announced on Tuesday a protest journey along the Kerala coast expressing disapproval on the anti-fishermen policies taken by the state and Central governments.
The yathra by the sea is expected to start on November 21, and will be inaugurated by environmental activist Medha Patkar at Mangalore. The yathra is expected to touch all fishing harbours and fish landing centres on the coast and conclude at Shankumughom in Thiruvananthapuram on November 30.
According to Federation state general secretary Jackson Pollayil, the state and Central governments have been forming many a lows that challenged the survival of the fishermen.
More than 2.5 lakh fishermen depend on the sea for livelihood. The polices the governments had been implementing in the coastal belt have been affecting their livelihood badly. Activities carried out by the government along the 590-km coastal area are alleged to support the growth of the wealthy. The traditional fishermen living in the areas are being displaced in the name of development, said Jackson. Opposition leader V S Achuthanandan will inaugurate the concluding meet at Thiruvananthapuram.
Federation president P P John will preside over the meeting. National Fish Workers Forum secretary T Peter, Prof K V Thomas, MP, BJP state president V Muraleedharan, CPI state secretary Panniyan Raveendran, Thiruvananthapuram diocese vicar general Fr Yougin Pereira, Adivasi Gothramaha Sabha leader C K Janu, Koodamkulam agitation leader P S Udayakumar and National Fish Workers Forum chairman M Elanko will speak on the occasion.
About 20 members including T N Prathapan MLA will participate in the protest march.