Puducherry, Oct 23 : National Fisherfolk Forum (NFF) on Wednesday appealed to the Union Government that the Indian Marine Fisheries (Regulation and Management) Bill 2019, be amended only after proper consultations.
NFF chairperson M Illango in a statement here said that the bill be amended after sufficient consultations with the traditional fisher communities of all coastal states and union territories and after providing the content of the proposed bill in the local languages of the concerned coastal states.
He recalled that when the Union Government of wanted to amend the Coastal Zone Management Notification 1991, it circulated the draft only in Hindi and English and an NGO was assigned to look into the matter following several agitations.
The NGO held several consultations in many coastal states and submitted a report to Parliament truly representing the plight of fisher communities.
Based on the report a Parliamentary Standing Committee for Science and Technology, Environment and Forest made visits to selective states and heard the people. The Government then came up with changes in the proposed amendment again and this resulted in changes to the Coastal Regulation Zone Notification 2011 which was a historical proof of healthy interaction between the government and communities.
This time also the same mode should be adopted, Illango said.