It badly affects livelihood and very existence of fishermen
TIRUNELVELI: The Central Government should withdraw its recently introduced Coastal Management Notification as it would badly affect the livelihood and the very existence of the fishermen, the fisherwomen’s forum has appealed.
A resolution to this effect was passed in the International Women’s Day celebrations, organised by Palayamkottai-based NGO ‘Vaan Muhil’ at East Uvari, a coastal hamlet, recently.
The meeting, attended by over 500 self-help group women from various coastal villages in the district, said the Centre’s Coastal Management Notification that “failed to reflect the actual living conditions and the genuine needs of the fishermen”, would force the entire fisherfolk population from the to leave their villages if it was enforced.
Instead of finding the ways for improving the fishermen’s living standards, the “controversial notification” would undermine their very existence in the coastal zone. Fishermen should be given fuel at subsidised rate.
Apart from ensuring safety of the fishermen on the high-seas by putting an end to the attack by Sri Lankan Navy, the Indian Government should not extend any military assistance to the armed forces of the island nation, “as Sri Lankan Tamils are being methodically wiped out.”
Addressing the meeting, Social Development Officer, Sundari, while appealing to the SHG women to give utmost importance to their personal hygiene, exhorted them to wage a unified and sustained war against the atrocities being perpetrated against them.
Director, Vaan Muhil, M.A. Britto, parish priest of Uvari Rev. Fr. Susilan, manager of Indian Overseas Bank’s Kuttam Branch, Thambidurai, and others spoke.