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Kerala: Two years after Ockhi, fishermen say Kerala government hasn’t fulfilled its promises December 02,2019   |  Source: The New Indian Express

The severe cyclonic storm Ockhi that hit the state on November 30, 2017, had left a trail of destruction in its wake in the coastal areas. Two years after, the fishers say the state government has not kept its word in reaching out to the victims. They point out that a comprehensive special package announced by the state government a year ago for the overall development of the Ockhi-affected fisherfolk was also in limbo. As per records, 143 fishermen were reported either dead or missing in the cyclone.

“The fisher community is observing the second anniversary of Ockhi. Barring the financial assistance to the families of the deceased and missing fishermen, the intervention of the state government among the Ockhi-affected, people has not been satisfactory,” says Jackson Pollayil, state president, Kerala Swatantra Matsya Thozhilali Federation. According to him, the laxity in the implementation of the comprehensive special package shows the government’s apathy towards alleviating the hardships of the victims. In March, 2018, the Fisheries Department had constituted an 11-member committee headed by the former chief secretary and Centre for Management Development chairman S M Vijayanand for drawing up a special package for the Ockhi victims.

On the recommendation of the

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