Thursday, 2 October 2014

In first letter to PM, Panneerselvam raises fishermen issue, invokes Amma

CHENNAI: In his first communication to Prime Minister Narendra Modi after taking charge, chief minister O Panneerselvam urged the Union government to take "positive and concrete" steps to secure the immediate release of 20 Tamil Nadu fishermen and their 75 boats from the custody of Sri Lanka.

In his letter to the Prime Minister after assuming charge on Monday, Panneerselvam exemplified his unflinching loyalty to his party supremo by recalling the efforts taken by AIADMK general secretary and former chief minister J Jayalalithaa to resolve the fishermen crisis.

"Due to untiring and relentless efforts of our beloved leader Puratchi Thalaivai Amma, 76 Indian fishermen languishing in Lankan jails were released by the Sri Lankan court on Tuesday," the chief minister said in the letter, a copy of which was released to the media on Wednesday. Out of 76 fishermen, 72 are from Tamil Nadu. But their boats were not released. "The impending advent of the northeast monsoon mandates their immediate release to prevent further damage and deterioration," he said.

The state strongly reiterated the need to restore the traditional rights of fishermen by annulling the ill-advised Indo-Sri Lankan agreements of 1974 and 1976 urgently.

In the latest incidents, four fishermen of Ramanathapuram and 16 fishermen from Pudukkottai were apprehended by the SL navy. Nadu fishermen,Sri Lanka,prime minister Narendra Modi,O Panneerselvam

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