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AP Govt offers new package for Gangavaram fishermen

By Staff
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Visakhapatnam, May 5 (UNI) Andhra Pradesh government today offered a fresh package, bringing in more families under relief distribution, jobs for the affected families and other measures in a bid to end the three-month long agitation by fishermen affected by the construction of private sector Gangavaram port.

However, the fishermen's forum, spearheading the agitation, rejected the new proposal saying that it was a unilateral decision taken by the government as fishermen were not taken into confidence.

Meanwhile, police arrested more than 250 persons, including all-party committee leaders and fishermen who had launched a live-in strike at the port site and stalled the work for nearly a week to pave the way for resumption of works, this morning.

Tension prevailed as police removed the tents erected by the agitating fishermen and their household articles.

The arrested, included CPI leaders M Anjaneyulu and J V Satyanarayana Murty and CPI(M) district secretary Ch Narasinga Rao.

They were sent to remand.

The new package offered jobs for 300 youth of the village and relief package to 2078 families instead of 1040 families as announced earlier.

Taking to reporters here today, Commercial Taxes Minister K Ramakrishna said the list of beneficiaries subject to corrections and arrangements were being made to disburse the amount of compensation at the Collector office and Pedagantyada mandal revenue office.

The minister's announcement was preceded by a meeting between the government and the Vedika leaders which lasted midnight and remained inconclusive. While the fishermen struck to their demand that the all-party panel be invited for talks, the Minister declined to do so.

UNI RS/BSR SI KN1840

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