They submit separate memorandums in support of their demands

Andhra Pradesh Shistakaranalu Association, Visakha Zilla Sampradaya Matshyakarmika Union, Kostha Mathsyakara Sankshema Sangam and the Visakha City Kalinga Vysya Youth Association submitted separate memorandums to Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy in Visakhapatnam on Tuesday in support of their demands.

In their memorandum, the Shistakaranalu Association, under the leadership of ex-corporator V Deveswara Rao, appealed to the Chief Minister to include their community in the OBC category. The Chief Minister agreed to actively consider their proposal.

Visakha Zilla Sampradaya Mathsyakarmika Union in their memorandum sought recognition of fisher women as fishery industry workers and create basic amenities and Fish Sales Counters in all the coastal districts. Separate sales counters should be provided at new market in MVP colony for fisherwomen. Fishermen rights over the sea should be protected.

The Kostha Mathsyakara Sankshema Sangam found fault with the government for victimising only former minister Mopidevi Venkataramana and sending him to jail on an issue that pertained to the Cabinet. They said this action might jeopardise the political prospects of the Congress.

The Visakha City Kalinga Vysya Youth Association appealed to the Chief Minister to take steps to include Kalinga Vysya caste which constitute 5 per cent of the population in 20 Assembly constituencies in the State.

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