The Fisheries Department is gearing up to issue fishing permits this year to more Southern Fishermen to engage in Fishing activities in Nayaru area, accused the Member of Provincial Council, T.Raviharan.
Elaborating on this he said the he and MP, Charles Nirmalanathan met the Tamil Fishing Community in the Chemmalai Nayaru area day before yesterday.
The Tamil fishermen informed us about the migration of Southern Fishermen and about 203 permits granted by Colombo to southern boats in addition to 78 boats already here. Attempts are also made to dock 23 of these boats in the lagoon through Nayaru confluence.
They also pointed out that will have to suffer more because of this. We comforted them and MP, Nirmalanathan promised them that he will make arrangements for three of their representative to meet the Fisheries Minister over the problem.
I also promised that I will make arrangements for informing the matter through CM to the central Government.
The Tamil Fishermen warned that if proper action is not taken they will undertake large scale action in opposition.