Online edition of India's National Newspaper
Sunday, Feb 27, 2011
ePaper | Mobile/PDA Version
Google



National

News: ePaper | Front Page | National | Tamil Nadu | Andhra Pradesh | Karnataka | Kerala | New Delhi | Other States | International | Business | Sport | Miscellaneous | Engagements |
Advts:
Retail Plus | Classifieds | Jobs |

National Printer Friendly Page   Send this Article to a Friend

India to encourage fishermen team to Sri Lanka

Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI: The Centre and the Tamil Nadu government will encourage a visit to Sri Lanka by delegations of fishermen from Tamil Nadu next month to interact with their counterparts there. This will be a measure to address the problems being faced by Indian fishermen, said a release from the External Affairs Ministry on Saturday.

The decision came at a meeting convened by Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao to discuss matters related to fishing in the waters between India and Sri Lanka, in the backdrop of the recent violent incidents, the release said.

“Such contacts have proved mutually beneficial and should be strengthened.”

The meeting, attended by the Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary, among others, welcomed the proposed meeting of the Joint Working Group on Fishing in March. The proposed draft Memorandum of Understanding on development and cooperation in fisheries would also be discussed.

The Tamil Nadu government spoke of the efforts to inform their fishermen about the need to observe security and safety parameters while fishing in the waters between India and Sri Lanka.

Measures to further augment security in the vicinity of the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) were also discussed. Last week, the Navy said it was tasked to come up with measures to resolve the problem.

Also being considered is the installation of physical buoys across the 80-mile strip, lighthouse signals and caution beeps through mobile phones to Indian fishermen straying across the IMBL.

The Director-General of the Coast Guard, the Secretary (Animal Husbandry & Fisheries) of Tamil Nadu, and officials of the Ministries of Defence and External Affairs also attended the meeting.

While satisfaction was expressed at the release of the 136 Indian fishermen by the Sri Lankan government, the meeting emphasised that resorting to firing and the use of force in such situations, as had happened in January 2011, had no justification.

Printer friendly page  
Send this article to Friends by E-Mail



National

News: ePaper | Front Page | National | Tamil Nadu | Andhra Pradesh | Karnataka | Kerala | New Delhi | Other States | International | Business | Sport | Miscellaneous | Engagements |
Advts:
Retail Plus | Classifieds | Jobs | Updates: Breaking News |


News Update



The Hindu Group: Home | About Us | Copyright | Archives | Contacts | Subscription
Group Sites: The Hindu | The Hindu ePaper | Business Line | Business Line ePaper | Sportstar | Frontline | Publications | eBooks | Images | Ergo | Home |

Copyright 2011, The Hindu. Republication or redissemination of the contents of this screen are expressly prohibited without the written consent of The Hindu