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Kerala: The controversy over deep sea fishing contract with US firm by Rejimon Kuttappan February 22,2021   |  Source: The News Minute

On February 19, Friday, Opposition Leader Ramesh Chennithala called out the Pinarayi Vijayan-led government in Kerala for entering into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a US-based company for deep sea fishing in the state. However, Minister Mercykutty Amma said that the Fisheries Ministry, which is in charge of giving license for deep sea trawling, has not signed any MoU with EMCC International India. Though the fisheries department may not have signed an MoU, two were signed between government public undertakings and EMCC. Documents accessed by TNM showed that the first MoU was signed between Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation Limited or KSIDC (for the government of Kerala) and EMCC in February 2020. Another MoU was signed between Kerala Shipping Inland Navigation Corporation Limited (KSINC) and the firm in February 2021.According to the MoUs, EMCC International India will invest Rs 5,324 crore in fisheries research and development for upgrading and promoting the deep sea fishing industry in Kerala. The company will build 400 ships and five mother vessels at Rs 2 crore and Rs 74 crore each respectively. Accusing the Kerala government of engaging in large-scale corruption, Ramesh Chennithala pointed out that fishermen and political parties, including the


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