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Rameswaram fishermen call off strike

From Malladi Rama Rao
New Delhi, 31 Aug (Asiantribune.com):

A day after the India-Sri Lanka joint committee on fisheries related issues met here Rameswaram fishermen have decided to end their more than one month old strike, and resume fishing from Monday.

The Rameswaram fishermen launched an indefinite strike on July 24 demanding an end to attacks by the Sri Lankan Navy and the release of 62 boats seized by Lanka authorities.

The decision to end the strike was taken by leaders of 11 fishermen associations who met in Rameswaram on Saturday. They also asked fishermen to not sail up to Sri Lankan shores and advised them not to use the banned purse seine and pair trawling nets to ensure trouble-free fishing.

“Though there is no assurance from the Centre or the Tamil Nadu State government to secure the release of the boats, we have decided to call off the strike as making a living has become increasingly difficult,” P. Sesu Raja, a fishermen leader, was quoted as saying.

The current fishing season began on June 1. With 45-days lost due to strike, the fishermen are now left with hardly 18 fishing days.

Official Meet

A press statement was issued after the India-Sri Lanka Joint Committee meeting on Fisheries related issues.

The statement read:

“The First meeting of India-Sri Lanka Joint Committee on Fisheries related issues was held in New Delhi on 29 August 2014. The Indian delegation was led by Dr. Raja Sekhar Vundru, Joint Secretary (Fisheries), Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries and the Sri Lankan delegation was led by Mr. Nimal Hettiarachchi, Director General, Department of Fisheries & Aquatic Resources.

“The Joint Committee explored avenues for bilateral cooperation in fisheries. The two sides agreed to examine joint opportunities between respective scientific institutes in research, development and capacity building. The Joint Committee noted that there are currently no bonafide fishermen in each other’s custody. The two sides also discussed opportunities for joint venture mechanisms in fisheries.

“In acknowledging the need to maintain the momentum of bilateral dialogue process under the ambit of the Joint Committee mechanism on fisheries related issues, both sides agreed to organise the next round of meeting of the Joint Committee in Colombo at a suitable date, to be decided in due course by mutual consultations.

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