The government is considering a proposal to issue permits to a limited number of Indian trawlers in an attempt to provide a solution to the fishermen issue between India and Sri Lanka.
Reports indicate that 2000 to 3000 Indian fishing trawlers are engaged in fishing in the Sri Lankan waters.
Therefore, by issuing a limited number of permits the number of trawlers can be reduced to 250.
Defence Ministry Secretary Karunasena Hettiarachchi stated that the option of introducing limited number of permits is currently explored.
However, when contacted by our news team, he added that they have not yet reached a final decision concerning the matter.
The proposal of requesting legal permits for fishing in the Sri Lankan coast was put forward by India on several occasions.
However, the matter did not receive a positive response from the local fishing community.
Fisheries Minister Mahinda Amaraweera stated that, in the event of reaching such a decision, he would certainly hold talks with the local fishing community.
Meanwhile, the Indian fishing community staged a protest demonstration in Tamil Nadu Rameshwaran yesterday, demanding the release of all arrested fishermen and their trawlers, taken into custody by the Sri Lankan authorities.
The protest organized by the TVK party and headed by its leader T. Velmurugan who condemned the Indian Central Government for failing to protect the livelihood of fishermen and their traditional fishing rights in the Palk Strait.
24 Indian fishermen were arrested for poaching in the local waters since the new fishing season of Tamil Nadu began on the 31st of May.
Furthermore, the Tamil Nadu fishing Committees claimed that over 90 boats have been detained.