Tuesday 23 December 2014

Bharat Mukti Morcha confronts Goa Director of Fisheries

Bharat Mukti Morcha led by its Goa State President Maggie Silveira today confronted the Director, department of fisheries, Goa Government on race war in Zuari river. Around 20 representatives of the fishermen from Odxel, Cacra, Nauxi, Bambolim and Siridao joined the Bharat Mukti Morcha team at the department of fisheries today. The meeting with the director Sharmila Monteiro in Panjim lasted for one hour. Number of issues were raised by Bharat Mukti Morcha pertaining to illegal fishing, mini-purse seining and water sports speed boats being released into the Zuari river by Hotel Grand Hyatt located at Bambolim beach.

Director though gave a patient hearing was non-committal on fishermen issues. Director did not commit to station permanent patrolling boat in Zuari river. Director also refused to commit herself on revoking of permission for water sports granted to Hotel Grand Hyatt's agency named Aquasail. She also remained non-committal on stopping of dangerous fishing practice called mini purse seining. Bharat Mutki Morcha will continue its agitation to support the traditional fishermen in the struggle to recover their rights and dignity.

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