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Wednesday, January 02, 2013 - 05.55 GMT

Fishermen issue
TN govt. not shown any response to initiate dialogue Union Minister

 

Union minister of state V. Narayanasamy yesterday blamed the Tamil Nadu government for its inaction to facilitate a dialogue between Indian fishermen and their counterparts in Sri Lanka.

Though the India's External Affairs Ministry Secretary had written twice to the Tamil Nadu government recently for a dialogue to ensure protection of fishermen, the state government had not shown any response to the Centre's initiative, PTI reported quoting Minister Narayanasamy.

Only through an agreement between the leaders of Tamil Nadu fishermen and their counterparts in Sri Lanka could the present hardships being faced by fishermen of Puducherry and Tamil Nadu be brought to an end, he told reporters here.

Emphasising the need to demarcate the zones within which the fishermen of the state and Sri Lanka could carry on their avocation, the secretary to the external affairs ministry had written twice to the Tamil Nadu chief secretary for the dialogue. "No response has, however, been shown by the Tamil Nadu government so far to these communications," he said.

 
 
 
   
   
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