Steps taken to disallow Indian fishermen from fishing illegally in Sri Lankan territorial waters
2 years ago
Minister of Fisheries Douglas Devananda stated that a prompt solution will be taken to obviate Indian fishermen from illegally fishing crossing the territorial waters of Sri Lanka after consulting with the Indian Embassy in Colombo and the External Affairs Ministry in New Delhi. He stated the above at the Ministerial Consultative Committee on Fisheries held on 25th November in Parliament. State Minister Kanchana Wijesekera pointed out that Indian fishermen have been fishing illegally not only in the Northern and Eastern territorial waters but also in the Southern territorial waters and thus measures to put an end to such illegal activities should be done with immediate effect. The Ministers stated the above in response to a concern raised by the Members of Parliament Charles Nirmalanathan, S. Sridharan and the Deputy Chairpersons of Committees Angajan Ramanathan. State Minister Kanchana Wijesekera, Deputy Chairpersons of Committees Angajan Ramanathan and Members of Parliament, (Dr.) Upul Galappaththi, Charles Nirmalanathan, S. Sridharan, Kader Masthan, Shantha Bandara, Chandima Weerakkody, H. M. M. Harees were present at this meeting. The Minister of Fisheries Douglas Devananda stated that the issue of illegal fishing by Indian fishermen outside their borders has already been discussed with the Indian Embassy in Colombo on a number of occasions and that the matter was also taken up during an online discussion held recently between the Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi. Adding to it the Minister stated that though an agreement to resume discussions which was stalled between the two countries were made, a measure on that regard is yet to be taken and that consultation is ongoing with the Indian Embassy in Colombo and the External Affairs Ministry in New Delhi in search of an immediate solution.