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Kerala: Fishers on warpath with protest rally, sit-in November 25,2019   |  Source: Deccan Chronicle

Coinciding with the International Fisheries Day on Thursday, the fishing community under the Kerala Swathanthra Matsyathozhilali Federation (KSMTF) organised a massive rally from Vadi junction to the Kollam collectorate. They later staged a sit-in at the entrance of the collectorate raising various demands. "The demand by the coastal dwellers to provide them with title deeds for the land they live in remains unaddressed despite several pleas and protests," T. Peter, general secretary of National Fishworkers Forum, said after inaugurating the protest.

"The government should immediately intervene to rectify the issues of the community including preventing unscientific and destructive fishing practises by larger vessels."The KSMTF also demanded the authorities to ensure time-bound distribution of kerosene subsidy and debt relief fund. The fishermen demanded the coastal and marine governance rights be solely given to the community without inappropriate government intervention.

They also raise their apprehensions over the mariculture policy and Marine Fisheries Regulation and Management Bill 2019 of the Union government affecting the community's rights over the sea and even restricting their freedom to fish.The fisher folks allege the small-scale and traditional fishermen will

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