Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday said there was need for a new law to ensure the rights of fishermen.
Gandhi, addressing the national executive meeting of All India Fishermen Congress, said: “The Congress party will make strong interferences to ensure fishing guarantee for the fishermen in the country. It was the Congress-led governments who have brought Right to Information Act, Right to Service Act, Vanavasi Rights Act, Food Security Act, Employment Guarantee programme.”
“In this model a new Act should be formulated for the right of fishermen. All India Fishermen Congress will take the initiation to pressurize the Union government for actions. But it is clear that the BJP-led government is neglecting common men’s lives and they are looting natural resources to corporates,” he added.
Gandhi said: “When the Congress comes to power, new Act will be brought to give the right of fishermen habitats to the fisheries communities of India.”
National chairman of All India Fishermen Congress T.N. Prathapan presided over the session.
AICC General Secretary Janardan Dwivedi, AICC Treasurer Motilal Vohra, AICC In-charge Communication Department Randeep Singh Surjewala, AICC Schedule Caste cell chairman K. Raju, AICC Secretary R.C. Khuntiya were also present.