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Report to be submitted to Centre on problems faced by fish'men

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

A Parliamentary Standing Committee today said it would submit a report to the Centre on the problems faced by fishermen, including attacks allegedly by Sri Lankan Navy, to enable the External Affairs Ministry find a diplomatic solution to the vexed issue.

"The Committee visited Ramanathapuram and affected fishermen. We will submit a report to the Centre on problems faced by the fishermen, including attacks by Sri Lankan Navy, to enable the External Affairs Ministry find a diplomatic solution to the problem," Committee Chairman Dr E M Sudarsana Nachiappan told reporters.


He said this after the committee visited the Alternative Dispute Resolution Centre at Madras High campus and held discussions with officials on this issue, besides also on sending Sri Lankan refugees back to the island nation and also the functioning of legal services in the state.

Referring to the government's opposition to sending refugees back to Sri Lanka, Natchiappan noted that the Chief Minister has already written to the Centre, stating that it would not be done till they received a message that Sri Lankan Tamils are able to live peacefully there.

He said the committee had also received letters from various associations of Madras High Advocates on changing the name of Madras High to High and on making Tamil the language.

The matter was pending in the Supreme collegium and the centre was awaiting instructions in this regard, he said.

The Committee directed the District Judge and Member Secretary Teekaraman, State Legal Services Authority, to submit a detailed report on the number of convicted prisoners, undertrials and those granted bail but languishing in jails for want of furnishing surety and unable to furnish it due to their poor financial condition.

Natchiappan said the Legal Services Authority in stood first nationwide in disposing a record number of nearly 15 lakh disputes in Lok Adalats last year, something the union law minister had praised in Parliament.

First Published: Sat, January 31 2015. 21:40 IST
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