Rahul lashes out at govt over fishing ban, says it’s affecting fishermen’s livelihood

He alleged that the NDA government was going against the interests of fishermen by extending the ban on fishing.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: May 12, 2015 11:01 am
Rahul Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi fishing ban, Rahul gandhi fishermen Congress President Sonia Gandhi with Rahul Gandhi.

After taking up the cause of farmers and home buyers, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi Monday took up the cause of fishermen and claimed that an extended period of fishing ban was affecting their livelihood in coastal areas.

He alleged that the NDA government was going against the interests of fishermen by extending the ban on fishing while allowing foreign trawlers to continue fishing activities. The government has rejected the charge, saying it has not imposed any such ban.

Congress MP K C Venugopal tried to raise the issue in Lok Sabha on Monday, while Rahul told media that the ban was a major issue in coastal states.

“As usual, government is going against the interests of farmers and fishermen. Now, they have extended the fishing ban and they are allowing foreign trawlers to come in at the expense of our fishermen. This is affecting fishermen in coastal states. The government should roll back this ban and let our fishermen do their work,” he said.

“The suit-boot ki sarkar is not only harming farmers, it is harming every single person who is weak in this country. Every single person who works for his livelihood —fishermen, farmers, labourers —they are all being damaged by this government,” Rahul said, adding, “They (the government) are extracting money from the weak…and are trying to oppress them”.

Venugopal said he had given notice for an adjournment motion on the matter. The government, he claimed, has extended the fishing ban period during monsoon from 47 to 61 days, which affects those who earn their livelihood by fishing.

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    Debojyoti Pal
    May 12, 2015 at 8:35 am
    Uneducated moron.
  2. A
    May 12, 2015 at 11:46 am
    Its like the person who has jaundice everything appears yellow, this scamester party feels all the others are corrupt like them, the sleeping party has suddenly woke up to the common men concern after loosing power.
  3. B
    May 12, 2015 at 9:58 am
    Rahul vision is short sighted, doesn't know the the purpose of ban. How can he think to lead the nation.
  4. S
    S. DHARA
    May 12, 2015 at 9:06 am
    What is his problem> Does not he and his team don't understand that more he talks more emptiness will be exposed.
  5. S
    May 12, 2015 at 10:26 am
    Rahul hi is acting na�ve, it is the UPA govt which had these policy for environment and breeding of fishes in a particular period. Can he show a way how the fishermen can have a better harvest of fishes. He can suggest modiji to empower heavy trawlers since our rule cannot be imposed on international seas, it is better we empower our fishermen to have bigger trawlers in the sea and do fishing deep into Indian ocean.He is picking up issues of failed UPA policies, and should have been aware
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    heemanshu kumar
    May 12, 2015 at 9:54 am
    How come the same eyes which could see no poverty or problems can now see all that had been wrong with India for 67 years of independence? Seems being out of power is the biggest eye opener in this world...no??
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    mandar Phatak
    May 13, 2015 at 1:47 am
    Rahul hi if you say that NDA is a suit -boot ki Sarkar, then what was yours, it was a total capitalist sarkar with brief case as a sign of autocracy. Such egoist and adamant nature was there that India's so called growth story as per your government just plunged leading high inflation and unemployment. Why you dont answer when you bought Mukesh Ambani, Tata, Mahindra, Aditya-Birla and your famous Jindal Steel on you side. Then where was your morality, had it gone to eat gr. You were there for ten years and ruled the rooster as there was no opposition. Then you could not do any good thing than worse, was it not chrony capitalism which led to this debacle?????
  8. M
    May 12, 2015 at 10:13 am
    Monsoon is the breeding season for fishes due to high fresh ( rain ) water hence ban is to encourage fish to grow. The need is to give the fisherman better boats and infrastructure to increase their yield and not make cheap comments on the same
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