The Tamil Nadu government has urged the Centre in India to facilitate the early release of 105 fishing boats belonging to the State’s fishermen which are being held in the custody of the Sri Lankan Government. They have also requested relief assistance to the owners of the 18 boats that were damaged.
In a letter written to the Foreign Secretary on November 10th, Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary Dr Mohana Rao requested the Union government to suitably compensate the fishermen for their losses and provide necessary assistance to rebuild the boats, as this affects their livelihood.
He also noted the cost of each fishing boat is around 2.5 million rupees.
Expressing disappointment over the Centre’s failure to duly compensate the fishermen, he said, “Despite the repeated appeals by the Chief Minister, the Government of India is yet to agree to bear the losses suffered by the Indian fishermen.”
Rao recalled that the Sri Lankan government apprehended and impounded a total of 158 boats belonging to Tamil Nadu fishermen in 2014.