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Andhra Pradesh: Fishing ban hits over 50,000 inland fisherfolk in Kurnool July 11,2019   |  Source: The Hindu

With the 62-day annual inland fishing ban coming into effect on July 1, the fisherfolk have once again started demanding compensation for their loss of livelihood. According to the Fisheries Department officials, over 50,000 fisherfolk families in Kurnool distrist would be at a loss. Speaking to The Hindu, CPI(M) leader Guru Sekhar said the fishermen in the coastal areas get a compensation of Rs 4,000 per month for loss of livelihood. However, fishermen in the inlands do not get any compensation in the ban period. “There is also a demand to increase the compensation given by the government,” he added.

District Fisheries Department Joint Director (JD) Shaik Lal Mohammad said of the 50,000 families, more than 30,000 are active fishermen. “Anyone with a license or is engaged with a co-operative society is considered an active fisherman,” he pointed out. If compensation were to be given, these fishermen would be immediately eligible.

Angling in fresh water

Most of the fishing in takes place in the two major rivers that flow through the district - Tungabhadra and Krishna. Apart from the rivers, the Fsheries Department also issues licences to fish in the 11 reservoirs on these rivers and their tributaries. Moreover, there are 175 tanks under the control of the



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