Look into plight of fish­er­men: Vasan

The New Indian Express - - TAMIL NADU -

Chen­nai: Tamil Manila Congress leader GK Vasan has urged State and Cen­tral gov­ern­ments to ad­dress plight of fish­er­men. A sec­tion of fish­er­men and func­tionar­ies of Tamizhaga Mech­a­nised Boat Fish­er­men As­so­ci­a­tion, led by Venu­gopal, pres­i­dent, met Vasan on Fri­day and sub­mit­ted a mem­o­ran­dum seek­ing his sup­port for their strike since Oc­to­ber 3. In a state­ment, Vasan said fish­er­men were find­ing it dif­fi­cult to ven­ture into the sea due to the steep hike in the price of diesel. Hence, they have urged the Cen­tre to pro­vide fuel at pro­duc­tion cost. Sev­eral boats, which were con­fis­cated by Sri Lanka were en­tirely dam­aged. They had not been handed over for the last three years. Hence, the State and Cen­tral gov­ern­ments should take steps to of­fer `30 lakh as so­latium for dam­aged boats. To high­light their de­mands, fish­er­men of var­i­ous dis­tricts from Kan­niyaku­mari to Cud­dalore were on an in­def­i­nite strike since Oc­to­ber 3, he said. ENS

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