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Maharashtra: Social worker moves HC for fishing rights scheme in state by Vaibhav Ganjapure September 12,2019   |  Source: Times of India

A social worker has knocked the doors of the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court for formulation of a policy for fishing rights in water bodies, village level tanks/ponds and minor irrigation tanks across Maharashtra. Petitioner Satyavrat Dutta has demanded amendment of the Maharashtra Fisheries Act, 1960, for the fisherman’s cooperative societies in light of the directives laid down in the ‘Global Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries, 1995’ as well as recommendations of a committee headed by an expert.

A division bench comprising justices Sunil Shukre and Shreeram Modak on Wednesday issued notices to the respondents, including principal secretaries of the animal husbandry, agriculture, fisheries and dairy development along with rural departments. Mumbai-based commissioner of fisheries, deputy registrar of cooperative societies (Dairy) and deputy commissioner of fisheries in Civil Lines in the Nagpur are the other respondents in the case. All have been told to file a reply within two weeks.

Dutta, through counsel Nidhi Dayani, challenged the government resolution (GR) of July 3, 2019, and the earlier one (February 22). He pointed out that through this GRs, the water bodies in the state are divided into three categories. The revised fisheries policy framed by the

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