Defunct committees cause hardships to fishermen, farmers
[TamilNet, Sunday, 12 March 2006, 11:51 GMT]
Mr.Selvam Adaikalanathan, Wanni district Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarian, expressed serious concern over the lethargic attitude of the Mannar District Secretariat for not holding monthly meetings of the District Fisheries Committee (DFC) and the District Agricultural Committee (DAC) regularly to address problems faced by Mannar farmers and fishermen when they are undergoing severe difficulties due fishing ban and violence, sources in Mannar said.
Mr. Adaikalanathan wrote a letter to the Mannar Government Agent (GA) seeking his explanation for not holding the monthly meetings of these committees. He reminded the GA that at these meetings held in past several problems confronting the fishermen and farmers were sorted out.
Without the meetings fishermen and farmers are unable to resolve problems affecting their livelihood, Mr Adaikalanathan pointed out in his letter, following complaints by Federation of Mannar District Fisheries Societies.
Mr.Adaikalanathan told the GA that agriculture and fishing are the main components of Mannar economy and that district should address problems faced by farmers and fishermen promptly.