Sunday, January 04, 2009

Stop industries, hotels and resorts on the shores

Fishermen urge Centre to repeal Coastal Zone Management Act - The Hindu

Special Correspondent

CUDDALORE: The Meenavar Viduthalai Vengaigal, a fishermen’s organisation, has urged the Centre to repeal the Coastal Zone Management Act. because it felt that it would be detrimental to the interests of the coastal community.

At a public rally held here on Sunday the organisation, headed by founder president R.Mangaiyarselvan and general secretary P.Ekambaram, passed a resolution in this regard.

In another resolution it called upon the authorities not to allow any industries, hotels and resorts to come up on the shores.

ST status

It sought Scheduled Tribe status for fishermen, speedy renovation of the Cuddalore port, fishing rights on the Indian Ocean unhindered by maritime boundary, higher subsidy for diesel and loan waiver.

‘Stop military assistance’

The organisation appealed to the Centre to stop any sort of military assistance to Sri Lanka whose armed forces were gunning down the Tamil Nadu fishermen and the Eelam Tamils.

It also called for setting up of a fishermen property protection board.

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