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Tamil Nadu: Fishermen stage protest July 02,2020   |  Source: The Hindu

Hundreds of fishermen berthed their boats on the shore near the beachfront on Friday as a mark of protest against the delay in disbursing financial assistance to fishermen during the ban period. Fishermen from the coastal hamlets of Puducherry started arriving near the beach in front of the Chief Secretariat around 10 a.m. and berthed their vessels for more than an hour.

The protesters holding placards and black flags shouted slogans against the Lieutenant Governor for the “inordinate” delay in disbursing the ban period financial assistance and savings money for the beneficiaries. Parliamentary Secretary to the Chief Minister K. Lakshminarayanan, Government Whip R. K. R Anantharaman and Congress legislator T. Djeaoumorthy visited the beach and expressed solidarity to the protesters. The fishermen left the beachfront after police made several appeals. The protest was staged a day after Secretary (Fisheries) Purva Garg issued a release stating that the Lt. Governor has given the nod for the scheme to disburse the assistance.

Minister for Health Malladi Krishna Rao, who also holds the Fisheries portfolio, told reporters that the government was yet to get any official communication from the Lt. Governor’s office about clearance given to the scheme. “We despatched the

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