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CPM urges Tamil Nadu chief minister Palaniswamy to meet Narendra Modi over Sri Lanka's new fishery law

Chennai: CPM on Tuesday urged Tamil Nadu chief minister K Palaniswamy to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi to urge him to take steps against a new Sri Lankan law which allegedly went against Indian fishermen.

File image of E Palaniswamy. PTI

File image of E Palaniswamy. PTI

Alleging that this law was against Indian fishermen, CPM state secretary R Mutharasan said the legislation had an ulterior motive of nudging Indian fishermen to give up their traditional vocation of fishing.

Sri Lanka's Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (Amendment) Bill which was reportedly passed in the Sri Lankan Parliament recently has stringent provisions.

It includes imprisonment of fishermen if they stray into Sri Lanka's territorial waters, besides confiscation of their fishing gear.

On 7 July, Palaniswamy had opposed the reported new Sri Lankan law. In a letter to Modi, he had urged him to register a strong protest with Sri Lanka against the legislation.

The chief minister also wanted Modi to ensure that necessary provisions were made in the new legislation to exempt the traditional waters of Palk Bay from its purview.

Against this background, Mutharasan said it would not be sufficient if Palaniswamy just wrote a letter to Modi on this issue.

"He (Palaniswamy) should meet Prime Minister Modi and urge him," the Left leader said in a statement.

He said "if Sri Lanka's law is not halted, there is a danger of the lives of Tamil Nadu fishermen becoming a question mark."

The CPM state chief wanted the central and state governments to realise it and act with "great responsibility."

Updated Date: Jul 11, 2017 16:23 PM

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