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Gujarat: Mulling law against fishing boats from outside Gujarat: CM January 06,2020   |  Source: The Times of India

Chief minister Vijay Rupani on Saturday said his government was thinking of bringing a legislation to prevent “unauthorized, unregistered” boats of other states from fishing in the Arabian Sea along the coast here. Rupani was talking to reporters after interacting with a group of fishermen in Gandhinagar under his Mann ni Moklaash (speaking from your heart) programme. He said he had received representation from the state's fishermen on this and he had assured them of safeguarding their interests. “One of the concerns of the fishermen is that unauthorized, unregistered boats from other states should be stopped (from fishing in the sea along Gujarat coast). Gujarat government has made a decision regarding this. If required, we will go ahead to make an Act on this," he said.

“We will prevent unauthorized fishermen (from other states) coming here for fishing activities and will take legal action against them," he said. Rupani further said, “During the interaction with the fishermen, they said that they be considered at par with farmers as their activities are like farming. The farmers grow food grains in farms while fishermen take it from sea. So they also wanted credit card benefits like the farmers, under the state's Sagar Khedu scheme.” “We are positive over

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