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Date for fishing talks not set

A consultative meeting of various fishermen associations of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry have registered strong objections to the Union and Tamil Nadu governments for failing to arrive at a consensus on a proposed joint meeting between the fishermen of India and Sri Lanka, The Hindu newspaper reported.

The meeting that took stock of the recent incidents of mass arrest of Indian fishermen by Sri Lankan Navy on the charge of crossing the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) and reported unrest among the affected fishermen also expressed dismay over the reported difference of opinion between the Central and Tamil Nadu governments on deciding date and venue of talks.

Emerging from the meeting, M. Ilango, Chairperson, National Fishworkers’ Forum, who presided over it, told The Hindu that despite Minister for External Affairs Salman Khurshid recently announcing that bilateral talks would be held in the third week of January, no signs of any arrangement being made.

The “lacklustre attitude” of the Union government on livelihood issue of thousands of fishermen of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry was unacceptable, he added.

Author: TELO Media Team 1