TAMIL NADU

For the cause of fisherfolk

Fish, fisherfolk and their problems will be the focus of the programmes being organised to mark the "Fishermen's Day" which will be observed on November 21.

There would be functions to honour fisherfolk, a convention, a photography exhibition and a fish food festival. The event is being organised jointly by organisations representing coastal people and the Malabar Coastal Institute for Training, Research and Action (MCITRA), a Kozhikode-based NGO. The fishermen convention would discuss the impact of tsunami on fisheries sector. Baby John, Director-MCITRA and P. Ratheesan, chairman of an organising committee formed to conduct the programmes in Kozhikode, said on Friday that fisherfolk were concerned about the way funds raised from public ostensibly to give relief to tsunami victims had been spent in the State.

Fisherfolk had already dema nded publication of the details of the way tsunami distress relief fund had been spent. There had also been demands for a mechanism to ensure that the Rs.40-crore received from Asian Development Bank (ADB) to provide tsunami relief to fishermen and the Rs.100-crore released by the Centre for the same purpose benefited the fishermen who lost their fishing nets and boats.

R. Madhavan Nair