Puducherry, Jan 28 : The National Fish Workers Forum (NFF) is continuing it's efforts to press the Centre to withdraw the diesel price hike or to consider fishermen as non-bulk consumers.
NFF General Secretary M Illango in a statement here today said following the decision taken by the Union Government to hand over the privilege of deciding the price of diesel to oil companies, dual pricing policy was introduced. Accordingly, the fuel price for the motorized boats was raised by Rs ten. With sales tax, it has escalated above Rs 11. This has resulted in the unrest of the fisher communities all over the coastal states of India. With this heavy increase in diesel price, fishermen were forced to give up fishing and are now on a fishing bandh.
The NFF has sent letters to the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Agricultural Minister Sarad Pawar and Mr Veerappa Moily, Petroleum Minister, requesting to consider rollback of price hike for fishermen. In this backdrop Mr Rambhau Patel, the Chairperson of NFF and the office bearers of the Maharashtra State Fisher People Union has met Mr Sarad Pawar at his house in Mumbai yesterday.
Mr Sarad Pawar promised to do the needful towards reducing the price. He has also asked the fisher people representatives to meet him at Delhi on January 29. Based on this, Mr Rambahu Patel and Mr M Illanog rushed to New Delhi today to meet Mr Pawar tomorrow and to apprise him that fishermen be regarded as non bulk consumers.