Rahul Gandhi – The New Indian Express
NEW DELHI: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi assured fishermen on Saturday that his party will take into account their concerns and problems at the national level and organize protests against the WTO regulation on fisheries subsidies and the project Indian Marine Fisheries Act.
He was interacting with leaders of the All India Fishermen Congress (AIFC) during its national executive meeting at party headquarters.
Gandhi asked AIFC president and party deputy TN Prathapan to prepare a detailed report on fishermen-related issues such as Coastal Regulatory Zones (CRZ), the World Trade Organization’s new subsidy regulations. fishing, the Indian sea fishing bill and the blue economy program.
The IAFC national executive meeting demanded India’s withdrawal from WTO rules that call for the elimination of fisheries subsidies.
Prathapan said the new WTO regulations would destroy the lives and livelihoods of traditional fishermen.
The deal, which will destroy the fishing economy of developing countries, is presented to the summit at ministerial level and the Indian government is expected to sign it, Prathapan said.
The AIFC will organize nationwide protests against these measures, he said, alleging that the central government is implementing the enterprise program in the fisheries sector, which will harm both sea fishing and continental.