Fishermen dock boats as government fails to give subsidized fuel in sourthern India
Fishermen in India’s southern coastal town Rameswaram on Tuesday (July 03) were forced to dock nearly half of their boats after the government failed to provide fuel for the boats on subsidized rates as per norm.
The government provides about 1200 litres fuel for fishing boats to fishermen at a subsidy of 12 rupees ($0.17) per litre on the original fuel prices on the first of every month. However, for the past two months, the fuel supply is not only being delayed but is also insufficient, according to the fishermen’s association.
The Rameshwaram fisherman community said that they were facing a lot of issues while fishing from the Lankan coast guards as well. To add to their woes, the fisherman fail to make much return on their catch as well after having to spend between 60,000 to 1 lakh on diesel alone.
India’s coastline is more than 7,500 km (4,660 miles) long, and about four million people make a living from fishing and related activities. More than half of them live on less than $1.25 a day, according to official data.