Vilasrao's gesture to Pondy fishermen

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Puducherry, Jan 12: Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh today said his government would provide new technologies available in his State for deep sea fishing to enable the fishermen in this Union Territory to engage in deep sea fishing.

Speaking at a function held for the ceremonial handing over of houses constructed by the Maharashtra government to the tsunami affected fishermen of Veerapatinam village here, Mr Deshmukh, responding to a demand from Chief Minister N Rangasamy, said his government would send experts in deep sea fishing to Puducherry to train the fishermen here.

He also instructed the Principal Secretary of Maharashtra Ramesh Kumar to ensure that this should be done before the monsoon season.

Recalling the devastation in Latur earthquake in his state, Mr Deshmukh said there was a flow of humanity and people from different parts of the world came forward with a helping hand.

Several state governments had also extended assistance and the Kerala government had adopted one village for rehabilitation. Since, Maharashtra had faced many calamities, it knows how useful timely assistance was during a calamity. ''It is our tradition and culture to reach out to the needy first at the time of calamities,'' he added.


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