Tuesday, 20 May 2014 - 8:22
Tamil Nadu fishermen request for a solution for the Indo - SL fisheries issue from the new government
After the second round of talks with the Sri Lankan fishermen on the dispute over fishing in the Palk Bay ended in a deadlock, Rameswaram fishermen have pinned their hopes on the new Indian government being formed at the Centre to resolve the problem.
After the first round of talks in Chennai on January 27th, the Indian fishermen from Tamil Nadu and northern Sri Lankan fishermen sat down for the second round in Colombo on May 12th.
But the talks failed as the Sri Lankan fishermen insisted that the Indian fishermen stop bottom-trawling and crossing the International Maritime Boundary Line.
Conveying their greetings to Chief Minister Jayalalithaa and the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi, for their historic victories in the Lok sabha elections, they appealed to them to prioritise the fishermen issue.
Recalling that both Modi and senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj had promised to find a lasting solution to the problem and create a separate Ministry for fisheries, the leaders urged the new government to take up the issue with the Sri Lankan government.