Tamil Nadu CM concerned over Sri Lanka’s new fishing bill

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Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami has expressed concern over a Sri Lankan fisheries bill that could prevent Indian fishermen from exercising their traditional fishing rights in the Palk Bay.

The new bill seeks to confiscate fishing boats, two-year imprisonment for Indian fishermen and fine up to Rs 20,000 for fishermen entering its territorial waters.

In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday, Palaniswami urged the Centre to lodge its “strong protest” with Colombo against the legislation and to ensure that necessary provisions are made in the new legislation to exempt the traditional waters of Palk Bay from its purview.

Sri Lanka, on Thursday, imposed the ban on bottom trawling, a destructive method of fishing, in its territorial waters and those violating the ban would be fined Rs 20,000 and two-year imprisonment. The new legislation would directly affect Tamil Nadu fishermen, some of whom engaged in bottom-trawling and also those who drift into Sri Lankan waters.

Pointing out that Palk Bay is the historic and traditional fishing areas of Indian fishermen from Tamil Nadu, he said that the new legislation would stop the fishermen from exercising their centuries-old traditional fishing rights and will deny their fundamental rights conferred by the Constitution of India.

“The move by Sri Lankan Government to introduce the bill at this crucial juncture of transition towards a permanent solution is nothing but a harsh step to undermine the diplomatic efforts undertaken by the Government of India to sort out the sensitive issue,” Palaniswami said.

“A livelihood issue of this nature is better resolved through promotional and developmental measures to introduce alternative modes and technologies, and not through such abrupt bans and punitive measures.”

Source: DNA

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http://www.adaderana.lk/news/41796/tamil-nadu-cm-concerned-over-sri-lankas-new-fishing-bill
 

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the southern part of India is perhaps the most solvable border issue. But for that the state government has to take the initiative.

Here, the state government can look at:

1- Equipping all fishing boats with radios and GPS devices so that they can be tracked.

2- Line the maritime border with a long chain of floating buoys, highlighting where not to trespass. It may be expensive but it will stabilise our relationship with Sri Lanka and also save lives which are lost due to misunderstanding.

3- Educate fishermen of new fishing technologies in a sustainable fashion by promoting local fish farms in our own territorial waters. This can be done through arranging training and orientation sessions for the fishermen who would be more than happy to leave SL waters alone if they can find a sustainable means to earn a living within our waters.

4- Keep the dravida extremists in the southern states at bay from politicising any sort of issues that arise these days. Also, it will be clear as to who is causing problem; then appropriate action can be taken

5- Isolate smuggler operations and therefore enable coast guard to catch them - maybe even through joint operations between us and SL Navy.

This all means a lot of expense, but TN is a rich state and with Centre's support, this is achievable if there is genuine intent to resolve issues.

Sri Lanka is an independent country and therefore it is their right to pass whatever bill they want, as long as they are not unilaterally violating any treaty with India.

Mr. Palaniswami must approach the PM to set up a master plan and implement this
 

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the southern part of India is perhaps the most solvable border issue. But for that the state government has to take the initiative.

Here, the state government can look at:

1- Equipping all fishing boats with radios and GPS devices so that they can be tracked.

2- Line the maritime border with a long chain of floating buoys, highlighting where not to trespass. It may be expensive but it will stabilise our relationship with Sri Lanka and also save lives which are lost due to misunderstanding.

3- Educate fishermen of new fishing technologies in a sustainable fashion by promoting local fish farms in our own territorial waters. This can be done through arranging training and orientation sessions for the fishermen who would be more than happy to leave SL waters alone if they can find a sustainable means to earn a living within our waters.

4- Keep the dravida extremists in the southern states at bay from politicising any sort of issues that arise these days. Also, it will be clear as to who is causing problem; then appropriate action can be taken

5- Isolate smuggler operations and therefore enable coast guard to catch them - maybe even through joint operations between us and SL Navy.

This all means a lot of expense, but TN is a rich state and with Centre's support, this is achievable if there is genuine intent to resolve issues.

Sri Lanka is an independent country and therefore it is their right to pass whatever bill they want, as long as they are not unilaterally violating any treaty with India.

Mr. Palaniswami must approach the PM to set up a master plan and implement this
Almost all your points are being implemented to a certain degree.
Issue is with Tamil Fishermen themselves, they won't listen to anyone.

i'd say solution to this problem is not political, rather scientific. New scientific methods needs to be researched and implemented for fishing within our water without loosing out on livelihoods of tamilnadu fishermen. Probably like offshore fish farming.

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the southern part of India is perhaps the most solvable border issue. But for that the state government has to take the initiative.

Here, the state government can look at:

1- Equipping all fishing boats with radios and GPS devices so that they can be tracked.

2- Line the maritime border with a long chain of floating buoys, highlighting where not to trespass. It may be expensive but it will stabilise our relationship with Sri Lanka and also save lives which are lost due to misunderstanding.

3- Educate fishermen of new fishing technologies in a sustainable fashion by promoting local fish farms in our own territorial waters. This can be done through arranging training and orientation sessions for the fishermen who would be more than happy to leave SL waters alone if they can find a sustainable means to earn a living within our waters.

4- Keep the dravida extremists in the southern states at bay from politicising any sort of issues that arise these days. Also, it will be clear as to who is causing problem; then appropriate action can be taken

5- Isolate smuggler operations and therefore enable coast guard to catch them - maybe even through joint operations between us and SL Navy.

This all means a lot of expense, but TN is a rich state and with Centre's support, this is achievable if there is genuine intent to resolve issues.

Sri Lanka is an independent country and therefore it is their right to pass whatever bill they want, as long as they are not unilaterally violating any treaty with India.

Mr. Palaniswami must approach the PM to set up a master plan and implement this
This issue is simply not about Tamilnadu fishermen drifting pass the IMBL between both countries. There are organized gangs of fishermen who purposefully violate the IMBL by entering into the Sri Lankan side en mass for the richer harvest. It's a direct invasion. It's not even localized to the Palk strait. Tamilnadu fishermen are invading Sri Lankan territorial waters all along the Northern and Eastern seaboards.

I don't think that any legislation or initiative by both countries could quench the greedy thirst of these business people. The best solution is to impound the boats. This is the only solution that can struck some pain directly to the businessmen who send poor fishermen out to sea for the better catch.
 

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This issue is simply not about Tamilnadu fishermen drifting pass the IMBL between both countries. There are organized gangs of fishermen who purposefully violate the IMBL by entering into the Sri Lankan side en mass for the richer harvest. It's a direct invasion. It's not even localized to the Palk strait. Tamilnadu fishermen are invading Sri Lankan territorial waters all along the Northern and Eastern seaboards.

I don't think that any legislation or initiative by both countries could quench the greedy thirst of these business people. The best solution is to impound the boats. This is the only solution that can struck some pain directly to the businessmen who send poor fishermen out to sea for the better catch.
Any idea if srilankan navy collects religion of these fisherman when they are captured?

Asking so because during the last year there were some sting operations by Indian news channels, which showed that Tamilnadu fishermen community and villages has been highly influenced by the church. Sting ops were for nuclear plant protests.

Like you said, if they are not listening to politicians they must be listening to somebody else. Maybe they are listening to the church.

Names alone won't help in identification, name might sound Tamil but religion may not be Indic. That pretty common now a days in India.
 

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This issue is simply not about Tamilnadu fishermen drifting pass the IMBL between both countries. There are organized gangs of fishermen who purposefully violate the IMBL by entering into the Sri Lankan side en mass for the richer harvest. It's a direct invasion. It's not even localized to the Palk strait. Tamilnadu fishermen are invading Sri Lankan territorial waters all along the Northern and Eastern seaboards.

I don't think that any legislation or initiative by both countries could quench the greedy thirst of these business people. The best solution is to impound the boats. This is the only solution that can struck some pain directly to the businessmen who send poor fishermen out to sea for the better catch.
What I said is about a possible solution whereby our fishermen can earn good money within Indian waters and you also don't have to deal with this.
 

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What I said is about a possible solution whereby our fishermen can earn good money within Indian waters and you also don't have to deal with this.
It all boils down to the catch. The lucrative Sri Lankan fishing grounds are teeming with fish which have been left unmolested for more than 30 years specially in the Mannar bay.
 

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fishing ??
when did he going to put money to create better jobs for tamil people ?
 

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