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Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh: Union Minister allays fears over Marine Fisheries Bill October 08,2021   |  Source: The Hindu

Allaying the fears of fishermen, Union Minister of State for Fisheries L. Murugan has maintained that the Marine Fisheries Bill-2021 was drafted to protect the interests of traditional fishermen and the marine wealth. “The Bill has addressed the concerns of traditional fishermen. The Bill, drafted after wider consultations with all the stakeholders, aims at protecting the marine wealth as well as those who eke out their living by venturing into the sea,” the Union Minister said while addressing a meeting of fishermen on Thursday. He asserted that the Centre was committed to protecting the interests of fishermen. “That is why a separate Ministry has been created for fisheries, animal husbandry and dairying for the first time in this country and the goal is to unleash the full growth potential of these sectors and improve the income of all the stakeholders,” said Mr. Murugan. The Centre, he said, would develop five major fishing harbours across the country including the one proposed in Visakhapatnam as model ones with a view to turn them into hubs of economic activity.

Auction of water bodies

Fishermen at the meeting resolved to step up agitation against the auctioning of traditional water bodies in the State. They feared that the move would deprive them of their



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