A group of Members of Parliament from Tamil Nadu met the Minister of State for Defence, Shri Jitendra Singh here today, regarding recent arrest of fishermen from Tuticorin by the Srilankan Navy in the Gulf of Mannar. During the meeting, the Members of Parliament expressed their concerns regarding the arrest of Indian fishermen in the Gulf of Mannar area and requested the Minister to facilitate their expeditious release.
Amongst other issues discussed, the safety and security of Indian fishermen was also deliberated where in the Minister assured the Members that the Government of India and the maritime forces are taking proactive measures to ensure safety of Indian fishermen while fishing in Indian waters. Various measures like ongoing community interaction programmes, distribution of distress alert transmitters and enhanced coastal surveillance with regular deployment of Naval and Coast Guard ships and aircraft in the Palk Bay and Gulf of Mannar were also discussed. Shri Jitendra Singh said the Defence Ministry is sympathetic to these issues and he will be visiting the areas to monitor the efforts being taken in this regard.
Director General Indian Coast Guard, Vice Admiral Anurag G Thapliyal and officials from the Defence Ministry were also present during the meeting.