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Minister for State in the Prime Minister's office V. Narayanasami addressing presspersons at Palayamkottai on Sunday.— Photo: A. SHAIKMOHIDEEN
Minister for State in the Prime Minister's office V. Narayanasami addressing presspersons at Palayamkottai on Sunday.— Photo: A. SHAIKMOHIDEEN

Asserting that the detention of Tamil Nadu fishermen by the Sri Lankan Navy be stopped permanently, Union Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office V. Narayanasamy on Sunday said the State should support the Centre’s initiative in setting up a body consisting of representatives of fishermen from Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka to resolve the perpetual problem.

Mr. Narayanasamy, who was on a private visit to the district, said the detention of fishermen from Tamil Nadu and Karaikal by the Sri Lankan Navy had become an unending story. Though the Centre was taking immediate steps through the Ministry of External Affairs to secure their release, only a strict adherence to the International Maritime Boundary Line by the fishermen of both countries would put an end to this problem.

The Centre, which was keen on forming a forum with active participation of fishermen from Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka while taking into consideration the island government’s views also, had written a letter to the Chief Secretary in this regard and was awaiting reply. If the fishermen from both countries could meet and discuss their problems, the instances of the Sri Lankan Navy detaining fishermen of Tamil Nadu would not recur.

“When External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid in his recent meeting with his Sri Lankan counterpart G.L. Peiris in New Delhi mooted the proposal, Mr Peiris has agreed to it,” Mr. Narayanasamy said.

Kudankulam project

The Union Minister, who had set several deadlines in the past on the commissioning of Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project, said the Centre was keen on the smooth and safe functioning of the upcoming nuclear park by ensuring proper working of every safety system incorporated in the nuclear reactors “as per book”. Hence, the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited, the proponent of the project, under the strict supervision and guidance of Atomic Energy Regulatory Board, was repeating certain tests that required more time to reassure the reactor’s safety.

He appealed to playback singer S. Janaki to accept the Padma Bhushan award.

Kamal film

On actor Kamal Hassan’s ‘Vishwaroopam’, the Minister said both sides should discuss the issue and find an amicable solution.

“If there is any objectionable portion in the movie, it should be removed,” he noted.


  • Detention of fishermen by Sri Lankan Navy should be stopped, says Union Minister

  • “Centre has written a letter to Chief Secretary of Tamil Nadu in this regard”



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