Take calibrated set of actions for a permanent solution to fishermen issue: Jayalalithaa

Urging Prime Minister Narendra Modi to pro-actively initiate an appropriate and calibrated set of actions to find a permanent solution to the fishermen issue, AIADMK Supremo and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa also sought his personal intervention in securing the release of 13 fishermen arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy
Take calibrated set of actions for a permanent solution to fishermen issue: Jayalalithaa
Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu J Jayalalithaa

Chennai

In a Demi-official letter to Mr Modi, copies of which were released to the media here today, she referred to the arrest of nine fishermen from Pudukkottai yesterday and urged him to direct the External Affairs Ministry to take up the matter with the Sri Lankan authorities and secure the immediate release of the 13 fishermen from Tamil Nadu and 85 fishing boats, including the nine fishermen and their mechanised fishing boats. 
''It is very unfortunate that this incident has taken place close on the heels of the April 5 incident in which four fishermen were apprehended by the Sri Lankan Navy'', she added.
She reiterated the Tamil Nadu Government's stand that the IMBL itself was a matter sub judice in the Supreme Court wherein the constitutionality of the ceding of the Katchatheevu islet under the 1974 and 1976 Agreements has been challenged on valid grounds.  
The historic rights of the fishermen from Tamil Nadu to their peaceful avocation of fishing in the traditional waters of the Palk Bay were being consistently infringed upon by the Sri Lankan Navy and the fishermen were put to untold hardship, the Chief Minister said. 
Ms Jayalalithaa requested Mr Modi to pro-actively initiate an appropriate and calibrated set of actions at the earliest in order to bring about a permanent solution to this sensitive issue that plagues the livelihoods of lakhs of Tamil Nadu fishermen.
''I also urge your personal intervention in the matter and request you to direct the Ministry of  External Affairs to take up the matter with the Sri Lankan authorities so as to secure the immediate release of the 13 fishermen and 85 fishing boats'', she added.

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