Karavali Traditional Fishermen warns to stir against state’s delay policy

3:01 PM, Monday, July 4th, 2016

FishermanMangaluru: Karavali Traditional Fishermen’s Sangha Convener Ramachandar Baikampady have warned the state and central government to hold protest on July 7 in front of DC office if all season fishing port is not constructed soon.

Addressing the press personnel on Monday at Mangaluru Press Club he said that the central government has already sanctioned Rs 230 crore for the construction of Kulai fishing port, but state government haven’t sanctioned any fund.

“Even after getting NOC from all necessary department’s state government is not passing the recommendation letter to the central government. So, the traditional fishermen have decided to stir against the delay of state government as well as the central government. Nearly 300 fishermen are expected to attend the same,” said Ramachandar.

He further informed that this is the state’s first all season fishing port, if the scheme is implemented then fishermen from Bolur to Sasihithlu will get job all over the year. For this scheme New Mangaluru Port Authority has sanctioned Rs 70 crore, under the central government’s Sagar Mala scheme Rs 70 crore and Central Fisheries Department will fund Rs 90 crore for the same.

“Previous government had given non-surety loan of Rs 50000 at 3% interest for fisherwomen, but the present government is not paying the remaining 9% interest to the bank accounts. So the fisher women are paying 12% interest for their loan,” he added.

He urged the MLA’s of DK to discuss the same matter in assembly and to give justice to the fishermen.

Karavali Traditional Fishermen’s Sangha President Vasudev B K, Vaman Ameen, Rajeev Kanchan and others were present.

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