ANDHRA PRADESH

Fishermen's Day celebrated

SOME CLOSE TALK THIS: P. Madhu, MP (second from left), having a word with G. Narsing Rao, president of the Nagara Gangaputhra Sangham, at World Fishermen's Day function in Hyderabad on Monday.  

Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD: The World Fishermen's Day was celebrated here on Monday by various organisations with the focus on including fishermen under Scheduled Tribes.

The main programme was held at Sundaraiah Vignana Kendram which was attended by leaders of different parties and a separate rally organised at Indira Park.

Former Union Minister, B. Dattatreya told the meeting at S.V. Kendram that Parliament had a secondary role in making an enactment including fishermen under the list of STs.

The SC/ST Commission had to make a recommendation.

Siddipet MLA of Congress S. Satyanarayana said the fishermen of the State had never displayed the strength of their community to catch the attention of Governments.

That was because they lacked unity. Member of the Rajya Sabha P. Madhu deplored the negligence of fishermen by successive Governments.

The number of tanks in the city had come down from 198 to 43 over the years due to encroachments by real estate sharks with the collusion of MPs and MLAs.

The meeting was also addressed by Secunderabad MP, M. Anjan Kumar Yadav, and Rajya Sabha member of Congress, Nandi Yellaiah.

The rally at Indira Park was organised by Andhra Pradesh Matsyakarulu Karmika Sangham.