CM hits out at Centre over fishing boats’ seizure in Pak

Chief Minister Narendra Modi took a dig at the Centre over the seizure of Indian fishermen’s boats by Pakistan and claimed that the country had lost confidence in the government.

Written by Express News Service | Rajkot | Published: September 3, 2013 2:54 am

Chief Minister Narendra Modi took a dig at the Centre over the seizure of Indian fishermen’s boats by Pakistan and claimed that the country had lost confidence in the government.

Inaugurating the newly-carved out district of Gir Somnath on the premises of Somnath temple near Veraval,Modi said that fishermen of India were meted out worst treatment by Pakistan authorities. Their fishing trawlers worth crores of rupees had been seized by Pakistan,but the Central government was doing nothing to bring the boats back,the CM said.

“The Government of India should seek an assurance of security of fishermen from Gujarat and other parts of the country from Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and bring boats of the poor fishermen back,” Modi said.

According to Gujarat Fishermen Association,more than 400 boats of Gujarati fishermen are in the possession of Pakistani authorities. Incidents of Pakistan marine security agencies taking away Indian fishermen and their trawlers off Jakhau coasts are reported frequently.

The new district,carved out of Junagadh,is dominated by fishermen.

Later in the day,inaugurating Botad district in Botad town,Modi alleged that the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre had lost the confidence of people. “Since Independence,the rulers of this country have only given promises to people. However,history testifies these promises were never fulfilled. This is why there is a crisis of confidence in the country today. People don’t know if the rupee will be steady or fall further tomorrow or if the prices of diesel and LPG cylinders would go up,” Modi said.

The CM also targeted the National Food Security Bill 2013 by saying it would take away meal of lakhs of families. “We are already providing 35 kg grain per month to the poor. But the Food Security Bill promises to provide only 25 kg grain,thus taking away 10 kg of ration of the poor,” Modi added.

Botad has been carved out of Bhavnagar and Ahmedabad districts.

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