STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

'Take diplomatic measures to solve fishermen issue'

Published: 08th August 2013 07:49 AM  |   Last Updated: 08th August 2013 07:49 AM   |  A+A-

The National Fishworkers Forum (NFF) has urged the Prime Minister to take diplomatic measures and resolve the issue of Indian fishermen being victimised by Sri Lankan Navy.

In a memorandum submitted to  Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, general secretary of the forum M Ilango stated that diplomatic measures are the need of the hour to prevent barbaric activities of Sri Lankan Navy such as indiscriminate firing, attack with weapons, snapping of nets, damaging fishing boats and seizing the fishing vessels.

To solve our problem, NFF would suggest a better and permanent solution to this issue through a dialogue between the fishermen leaders of the two countries across the table in the presence of diplomats, he added.

Stating that in the recent past, Sri Lankan Navy had arrested 119 fishermen belonging to Nagapattinam, Ramanathapuram districts of Tamil Nadu and Karaikal region of the Union Territory of Puducherry, he regretted that no action has been taken so far by our external affairs ministry.

“If these atrocities of arresting and imprisoning of fishermen and mere spectator behaviour of the Government of India continued further, it would certainly create hatred towards the Centre,” he said.

The Prime Minister should, therefore, intervene and solve the agony of the imprisoned fishermen by getting them released from Sri Lankan prison, Ilango  said.

The compulsion from the Centre to enact laws to take action against the Indian fishermen by the Tamil Nadu and Puducherry governments is shocking, he said and added that without taking into account the atrocities inflicted by Sri Lankan Navy, trying to punish the Indian fishermen would further aggravate the hatred towards the Centre.



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.

IPL_2020
flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp