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Pak frees 14 fishermen,state writes for release of 215 more

Even as Pakistan released another batch of 14 fishermen belonging to Gujarati from its jails on Saturday

Written by Express News Service | Gandhinagar |
July 31, 2011 2:07:08 am

Even as Pakistan released another batch of 14 fishermen belonging to Gujarati from its jails on Saturday,as many as 215 Indian fishermen and their 479 boats remain in custody of that country.

For their release and returning of their boats,the state government has recently written to the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).

Sources in the government said that when they learn about the detention of fishermen and their boats by the Pakistan Maritime Security Agency,a report of this is submitted to the MEA.

“Subsequently,individual boat-wise files are prepared,which contain details like the names of boat owners,boats,their registration numbers,and details of each fishermen along with their nationality proof. These files are submitted to the MEA for further action,” said a source.

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They added that in the last seven years,over Rs 3.58 crore have been paid as compensation to 2,818 fishermen. Besides,Rs 8.85 crore have been paid to 295 fishermen under a Central policy. “The state has written to the Centre for ex-gratia sum of Rs 3 lakh per fisherman,Rs 30,000 as grant and Rs 7 lakh for trawlers,” said an official.

As most of these fishermen cross the International Maritime Boundary Line for a better catch,the government will soon issue biometric cards to the fishermen to check this.

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First published on: 31-07-2011 at 02:07:08 am

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