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Tamil Nadu: Gaja: HC suggests consolidated FIR with damaged boats January 10,2019   |  Source: The Times of India

The Madurai bench of Madras high court has asked district collectors in the Gaja-affected districts to consider whether a comprehensive list of damaged fishing boats can be given to police stations so that a consolidated FIR including of damaged boats in each police jurisdiction can be submitted for claiming insurance to ease the process.

A division bench of Justice K K Sasidharan and Justice P D Audikesavalu made the suggestion while hearing a batch of petitions which pointed out that the affected fishermen were being made to run from pillar to post to register a first information report (FIR) on their missing or damaged boats to seek insurance. The counsel pointed out that the fishermen whose livelihood had already been affected were made to undergo further misery by the authorities in asking them to file individual petitions to avail of FIRs. The bench suggested that a separate expert committee be formed to evaluate the extent of damage done to agricultural crops and trees.

In an earlier interim order, the division bench had observed that the central government should consider revising the SDRF norms for damage done to fishing boats and enhance compensation amount from Rs 3 lakh to Rs 5 lakh for partially damaged mechanized boats and also consider enhancing the amount

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