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West Bengal: North Bengal fishing communities to claim right to water August 27,2018   |  Source: Uttarbanga Matsyajibi Forum (UMF) & Dakshinbanga Matsyajibi Forum (DMF)

Representatives of fishing communities from Coochbehar, Jalpaiguri and Dakshin Dinajpur districts held a consultation for two days in Siliguri to consider their livelihood issues and draw a strategy action plan to protect fish workers livelihood rights in North Bengal. They were joined by Dakshinbanga Matsyajibi Forum (DMF) leaders Pradip Chatterjee, Milan Das and Ambia Hossain alongwith Office Bearers of DISHA Sasanka Dev, Shyamalendu Biswas and Supratim Lahiri. The meeting was convened by Anirban Choudhury, Convener of UMF. The meeting started with welcoming address by Anirban Choudhury followed by self-introduction of participants.

Pradip Chatterjee spoke about the need to get organised and raise united voice to 'Save Water, Save Fish and Save Fisher People'. Fishing communities can challenge the age old deprivation and neglect only by getting themselves organised he said. He mentioned the need for national policy on inland fisheries that would link up with national water policy and prevail over all development planning that affect water bodies, fish resources and livelihood of fishing communities. He also presented a brief description of the struggles and achievements of DMF and the newly formed National Platform for Small Scale Fish Workers (Inland). He urged upon the

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