Chief Minister M.Okay. Stalin on Tuesday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him towards continuing with the Indian Marine Fishermen Bill, 2021. He contended that its provisions had been towards the pursuits of fishermen and infringed upon the rights conferred on the States by the Constitution.
“As the proposed Bill has many disturbing clauses, like criminalisation and imprisonment of fishermen, use of force against fishermen, levy of huge penalties, etc., it has resulted in widespread protests and disquiet,” Mr. Stalin mentioned, urging him not to transfer the Bill.
After acquiring the views of stakeholders on the Bill in its current kind, a choice on shifting a contemporary Bill that addresses the issues of the fishermen communities could also be taken, he mentioned. A duplicate of the communication was shared with the media.
Mr. Stalin contended that sure clauses of the Bill infringed upon the rights conferred on the States underneath the State List of the seventh Schedule of the Constitution. It was of “grave concern” to Tamil Nadu, significantly the coastal districts. While the Tamil Nadu authorities understood the necessity to shield the marine ecosystem, it additionally thought of that it was vital that the livelihood of the fishermen had been additionally protected, he underlined.