Puducherry, Nov 9 : National Fisherfolk Forum (NFF) has urged for enactment of a separate legislation called “Fishermen Rights Protection Act“ (FRPA) on par with “ Adivasi Rights Protection Act” (ARPA) of the Union Government .
Talking to news persons here on Friday, NFF Chairperson M Illango said that a meeting of the fisheries Ministers of southern states is scheduled to be held in Kochi on November 10 and 11 and this should be discussed and the central government be pressed for the enactment of the legislation.
Demanding that a definite consultation shall be held in this meeting regarding reconsideration of the shipping corridor proposed to come up between 15 and 20 nautical miles by the Union Ministry of Shipping that would affect the life and livelihood of the fisher people of India, Illango said and demanded that a Separate Ministry in the name of “Ministry For Fisheries And Fishermen Welfare” be created at the Government of India level so that it can give extreme focus on the development of fisheries and fishermen welfare. He also wanted the fishermen to be included in the list of scheduled tribes in the country.
The NFF Chairperson said the Ministers of the Southern states shall insist upon the Union government that a National Fisheries Policy shall be drafted after consultation with Ministers and bureaucrats of all the states, fisher organzsations of the coastal states, and experts on fishing technology, ocean scientists and other fisher representatives.
It shall be decided that there will be uniformity in the designing of the fishing boats, size of boats, the equipment and facilities, type of nets and mesh size, he added.(UNI)