TN fishermen may get 83-day access to SL waters – Indian media
The third round of talks between representatives of fishermen of Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka ended in Chennai on Tuesday, a day ahead of schedule, with the two sides meeting each other half way.
The talks that went on for more than eight hours made significant progress on many long-pending issues.
“‘Give and take’ attitude on both sides have made this ‘progress’ possible. The talks were held on a cordial note. During the discussions, Sri Lankan fishermen had expressed happiness over the stance taken by the Tamil Nadu fishermen on certain issues and promised that they would reciprocate this appropriately. The representatives on both sides understood the issues of the other side well,” sources said.
The sources further said the Lankan fishermen agreed to Indian fishermen fishing in Sri Lankan water for 83 days per year or the next three years. But they would make a formal announcements after consulting their colleagues. The Tamil Nadu fishermen agreed not to go upto five nautical miles from Sri Lankan coast while fishing.
Talking to mediapersons after the talks, U Arulanandam, president, Alliance for the Release of Innocent Fishermen said, “Unlike the past two rounds of talks, we have made some progress on important issues. We have told them that we will completely stop use of banned nets [in Lankan waters] and these are banned in Tamil Nadu too.”
T Sathasivam, representative of the National Fishermen Maha Sammelanam of Sri Lanka said the TN fishermen had put forth a seven-point charter of requests to their Lankan counterparts.
Promise on nets on 7-point charter
Chennai: On the seven point proposals, N Devadas, president of the Rameswaram Fishermen’s Association said: “We told them that the Indian fishermen have already stopped using destructive nets and have decided to stop using Thangoosi Valai (monofilament nets).”
(Courtesy: New Indian Express)
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It is a match between Tamil fishermen of SL verses those of Tamil Nadu. A Home & Home match
Govt. of SL has only look aside and scratch its head, if it has any.
will the Indian government let our local farmers go to India use their land grow food and bring it to srilanka
this is a joke sick joke please India you do not try to bully us we may look small but we are strong
I hope those idiots who take people’s votes and go to parliament have a proper sense.
Are we getting access to the Indian Territory for 83 days as well?
During 83 days if they take all small fish and those who are ready to breed what will happen to the SL fishermen?
They have to wait another 6-7 months to have their nets ready.
I don’t think we have educated people to think logically.
Also these people don’t have a right to give anything as their wish to anyone else. Take people’s verdict first before acting on country matters.
If SL fishermen don’t get the access to the indian ocean then this is only a significant progress to india & who ever represented from our side, do they have a brain..? I highly doubt it…!! lol..
Good! Can Srilankan fishing folks too intrude into Indian waters for 83 days?