Mechanised boat operators, who went on an indefinite strike from June 15, have decided to venture into sea from midnight of June 27 following a promise by the State government to increase diesel subsidy.
After meeting leaders from various associations across the State at Vijayawada, Finance Minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu and Fisheries Minister Ch. Adinarayana Reddy to effect increase in diesel subsidy in proportionate to revised diesel price a decision was taken to withdraw the strike.
Even after end of 61-day annual conservation period in the East Coast, they did not resume fishing operations from the midnight of June 15 to demand proportionate increase in diesel price. Diesel subsidy was last revised over a decade ago when price per litre was Rs 38. Till now fishermen are being given a subsidy of Rs 6.03 per litre.
Following a directive by the Ministers, Principal Secretary Gopal Krishna Dwivedy and Fisheries Commissioner Rama Shankar Naik said the budgetary allocation of Rs 57 crore should be enhanced to Rs 82 crore for proportionate increase in diesel subsidy.
“Both the Ministers immediately agreed and told us that the issue will be taken up at the next Cabinet meeting,” AP Mechanised Boat Operators’ Association president P.Ch. Appa Rao and Dolphin Boat Operators’ Welfare Association president Ch. Satyanarayana Murthy said on Monday.
The associations held the general body meeting here on Sunday and unanimously resolved to take part in the Gangamma jatara- the Goddess of Sea on June 26. A day later fishing operations would be taken up.
They thanked Mr. Adinarayana Reddy, Mr. Ramakrishnudu, Visakha South MLA Vasupalli Ganesh Kumar and Kakinada MLA Vanamadi Kondababu for supporting their cause to increase diesel subsidy.
Source: The Hindu