After Swaraj’s valiant speech on ‘Fishermen Arrest’, 77 were released immediately from the Sri Lankan jail last midnight
Source :NewsBharati Date :04-Aug-2017
New Delhi, August 4: The issue of fishermen arrest in territorial waters by Sri Lanka has become a national cause. External Minister Sushma Swaraj in the Parliament yesterday gave a brief of the entire issue and how the government is coping up with the issue. After her strong willed statement in the Monsoon session, 77 fishermen were released from the Sri Lankan jail last midnight.
The fishermen were released by Sri Lanka on humanitarian grounds after intervention by central government. Swaraj confidently mentioned that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has discussed the arrest issue with the Sri Lankan government after which they have released more than 100’s of fishermen from the jail.
Due to rough sea and low tide the coast guard ship reached the port late. State ministers Jayakumar O S Manian and relatives of the fishermen gave them a warm welcome. The fishermen were sent to their local hamlets in Nagapattinam, Ramanathapuram Pudukottai and Karaikal districts. Local fishermen urge immediate release of 148 fishing boats detained by Sri Lanka for poaching in Lankan waters.
Swaraj taking the responsibility of the issue said the government is continuously monitoring the status of Indian fishermen in Sri Lanka custody and accords high priority to securing their early release and repatriation.
Yesterday, Swaraj mentioned that the government will encourage the fishermen for deep sea fishing. She further stated that a budget of Rs 1,500 crore has been earmarked and so far Rs 200 crore has been released by the Central government already to the State government. Without fail, she stated that after BJP came into power in 2014 with PM Modi, Sri Lanka has released maximum number of fishermen from their custody. The reason being that Modi has spoken to the Sri Lankan government personally every time. It is Modi’s request upon which the release has been happening quickly.