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Kerala: Fishing boat owners threaten stir against licence fee hike November 29,2019   |  Source: The Hindu

Citing a sharp decline in daily catch and the increase in operational costs, a section of fishing boat owners in Kozhikode district have expressed their inability to remit the recently hiked boat licence fee to the government. As the owners have refused to pay the enhanced fee, the licences of many fishing boats remain technically cancelled, compelling the Fisheries Department to adopt legal action against them and prevent the operation of such boats.

Though some of the boat owners had been given time to remit the amount in two installment, they were unreceptive to the proposal. The majority of those who rejected the proposal were fishers who owned bigger boats. According to them, the hiked fee of Rs.50,000 for boats of 22-metre-length was unfair and no one would be able to pay it every year even in two installments.

“We do not want to challenge any government order or department. What we seek is a revision of the hiked licence fee for our survival. There is no intervention by the Central or State governments on the issue even after it was taken up with various Union and State Ministers,” said V. Umesh, district president of the All India Fishermen Congress. He complained that the loss of work days due to unfavourable weather and other issues compounded the crisis and

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