Centre doing nothing to stop harassment of fishermen: TN CM instrongly worded letter

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Chennai, March 5: In his first letter on Tamil Nadu fishermen to the centre, Chief Minister Edappadi Palanisamy has accused the government of India of leaving fishermen at the mercy of Sri Lankan navy. The letter heavily criticises the union government of not doing enough to apply pressure on the Sri Lankan government prompting it to desist from harassing Tamil Nadu fishermen.

Edappadi Palanisamy

The 2-page letter points out to how the Sri Lankan navy goes about arresting Indian fishermen who venture into the sea. The letter highlights that 32 fishermen and 5 fishing boats have been apprehended by the Sri Lankan Navy in three incidents on MArch 4 and 5. "The government has neither approved the package of Rs 1650 crore nor does there seem to be adequate pressure built up on Sri Lanka to desist from day to day harassment and arrest of our fishermen as they go about pursuing their traditional occupation of fishing," the letter said.

It may be noted that this is the first time Edappadi Palanisami has written a bitter letter to the centre. The last time such a letter was sent to the centre, J Jayalalithaa was the chief minister of Tamil Nadu. The letter clearly is an indication of Palanisami attempting to woo the people of Tamil Nadu by proving that Jayalalithaa's style of administration is continuing in the newly formed government.

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