The Madras High Court recently asked the Centre and State to take solid steps for improving the conditions of fishermen across the State of Tamil Nadu. While hearing two pleas by fishermen associations, the Court noted that the fisherman sector is as unorganised sectors where most of the fishermen are not even registered.
The petitioner in second plea sought an order directing both, the Union and State to increase the quantum of dole to the fishermen during the 61-day period that fishermen are not allowed to go out to the sea or indulge in any kind of fishing at all.
The bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy observed, “The State and the Centre should undertake a census or an even more broader study to ascertain the number of persons engaged in fishing, so that, in the near future when over-fishing becomes much more of a problem than it is now, the number of persons may be limited. It is also necessary to ensure a degree of awareness being spread, hygienic and other conditions being imposed, apart from verifying the gauges and the kind of nets which are used for fishing.”
The bench also observed, “It is also necessary to ensure a degree of awareness being spread, hygienic and other conditions being imposed, apart from verifying the gauges and the kind of nets which are used for fishing.”
Further, the Court also noted that while housing in a limited form may have been provided to a few, insurance and credit facilities need to be made available, first upon educating the fishermen and next upon organising the sector in the State.
The Madras High Court disposed of the plea and stated:
”To look into the general plight of the fishermen, particularly during the 61-day period ban of fishing, to augment the allowance made available to every sea-fishing family during the period with a possible contribution from the Union in such regard”.