Fishworkers’ body urges to revoke reduction in annual ban

National Fishworkers’ Forum (NFF), a federation of state level trade unions in India, has urged the union government to revoke the new order of reducing the uniform annual fishing ban and reinstate the previous order in which annual fishing ban is for 61 days.

The Forum has received an order dated May 25, issued by the Department of Fisheries which has reduced the annual fishing ban days to 47 from the earlier 61 days, said T. Peter, General Secretary of NFF.

NFF has written to the Union Minister of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Giriraj Singh, demanding to revoke the new order.

The body demands that this order be revoked and the earlier order issued on March 20, 2020 be reinstated where the ban was for 61 days, said the letter.

As per the revised order issued by the Ministry, the fishing ban on the East Coast will be from April 15 to May 31 (both days inclusive 47 days) and on the West Coast from June 15 to July 31 (both days inclusive 47 days).

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