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'Retrieval of Katchatheevu only solution to fishermen's issue'

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

The today reasserted its position that the retrieval of Katchatheevu, an islet ceded to in the 1970s, was the "only solution" to the vexed fishermen's issue.

Minister D Jayakumar, who also holds the Fisheries portfolio, said retrieval of was the "topmost agenda" of the state


"Retrieval of back to and restoration of the traditional fishing rights of Indian fishermen in the Palk Bay area are the topmost agenda of the of Tamil Nadu," he told the

Recalling that former Chief Minister had in her personal capacity moved the Supreme for retrieval of the islet, he said the state had later impleaded itself in the case.

He also referred to the Assembly passing a unanimous resolution "questioning" the legal validity of the two agreements of 1974 and 1976 by which the islet was ceded to the island nation.

Further, had taken up the matter in her meetings with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he added.

"Retrieval of is the only solution for the fishermen's issue," he said.

"The reiterates its consistent stand that a permanent solution to the vexatious problem faced by our fishermen will be possible only by restoring India's sovereignty over Katchatheevu, thereby restoring their rights to fish in their traditional waters," he added.

Meanwhile, DMK deputy leader Durai Murugan said that the then Indira Gandhi had ceded the islet without the knowledge of DMK chief M Karunanidhi, who was Chief Minister then.

However, Karunanidhi had later taken up the matter with the Centre and also moved a resolution in the reiterating that the islet belonged to India, he said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, July 11 2017. 16:23 IST
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