Fishermen’s representatives meet the Minister of External Affairs
Fisheries and Fishermen Welfare Minister Anita R. Radhakrishnan will take fishermen’s representatives to New Delhi to meet External Affairs Minister Jaishankar to ensure the speedy and safe release of 68 Tamil fishermen Nadu and their 10 mechanized boats detained by the Sri Lankan Navy for allegedly entering the island nation’s territorial waters while fishing on the high seas.
“I will leave for New Delhi to meet Mr. Jaishankar with some representatives of fishermen from Rameswaram, Mandapam and Jegathapattinam to expedite the release of fishermen in Sri Lanka,” Mr. Radhakrishnan said after meeting the members of the fishermen’s bureau. association and Ramanathapuram Member of Parliament K. Navaskani in Thoothukudi on Friday.
The fishermen were arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy while fishing along the Palk Strait on December 18, 19 and 20. Following this, Chief Minister MK Stalin sent a letter to Mr. Jaishankar asking for their release. As this has not yet happened, representatives of the fishermen – NJ Bose, VP Jesu, Alwin and Dhakshinamurthy – have met with Mr Radhakrishnan and submitted a memorandum to him to expedite the process.
“The state government is making every effort to release the 68 fishermen and their boats. As well as writing a letter to the Minister for External Affairs, the Chief Minister spoke to him by telephone to press the request. Since the representatives of the fishermen wanted to meet Mr. Jaishankar, steps are being taken with the help of DMK MP K. Kanimozhi to secure an appointment with the Union Minister within two or three days,” the Minister added. .