ATTACK ON FISHERMEN
New Delhi: Agrahayana 28, 1936
Friday, 19 December 2014
The total length of the maritime border adjoining the State of Tamil Nadu (TN) is 1100 Kms (approximately).
From time to time, there are reports of incidents of attack on Indian fishermen, allegedly by the Sri Lankan Navy. Government attaches the highest importance to the safety, security and welfare of Indian fishermen. Whenever any such incidents of attack and consequent detention of our fishermen by the Sri Lankan authorities are reported, Government through diplomatic channels immediately takes up the matter with the Government of Sri Lanka to ensure that the Sri Lankan authorities act with restraint and our fishermen are treated in a humane and pragmatic manner and are released expeditiously. Government is steadfastly working, in close cooperation, with the relevant stakeholders in finding a long term solution to this issue. Meanwhile, Government continues to remain engaged with the Government of Sri Lanka so as to ensure that fishermen on both sides can continue to pursue their livelihood in a safe, secure and sustainable manner. The details of Indian fishermen who have been detained and released by Sri Lanka on charges of alleged fishery related violations during the last three years are given below:
(as on 15.12.2014)
Further, Indian Coast Guard provides assistance to Indian fishermen at sea while they are in distress through regular patrolling. It also conducts Community Interaction Programmes to educate fishermen among other issues, on the perils of cross border fishing. For better accessibility, the Coast Guard has provided a toll free telephone number 1554 for search and rescue assistance to fishermen at sea. Under operation ‘Tasha’, Indian Navy and Coast Guard ships are deployed continuously (24×7) in Palk Bay area to prevent any illegal activities and also to protect the Indian fishermen from any attacks, while they are fishing in Indian waters.
This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Shri K. Parasuraman in Lok Sabha today.