Dravida Munnetra Kazhgam MP Okay Kanimozhi advisable decreasing the penalties imposed on fishermen, throughout a digital assembly with union fisheries minister Parshottam Rupala. The union minister held a gathering with the Members of Parliament from coastal areas to get their views on the Indian Marine Fisheries Bill, 2021.

“The penalties proposed under Schedule II of the bill for Indian fishing vessels are too high for fishermen to bear. Since it is their livelihood, the higher penalty will impact them severely and, in some cases, it may force them to give up fishing. Hence, the penalties may be reduced to a lower amount,” Kanimozhi advisable within the assembly.

The decreasing of penalties was considered one of 9 suggestions made by the Thoothukudi MP. She advisable a switch of rule-making energy from the Central authorities to respective state governments. She stated this can allow the state governments to amend the principles in response to the native scenario, which is probably not potential if the principles are to be made by the Central authorities.

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“The Act must give powers to state governments to protect the rights of traditional fishing boats to fish in the territorial waters, EEZ and also the high seas,” she added.

Kanimozhi additionally advisable extra readability on phrases corresponding to “fisherman”, “processing” and “live transportation” of fishes within the draft Indian Marine Fisheries Bill 2021.

Another suggestion made by her is extra readability on the legal guidelines concerning imprisonment for obstruction of authorised officers. “Penalty for obstruction of authorised officers, imprisonment for a period of one year for obstructing the authorised officer is too broad and unclear. This will lead to unnecessary harassment of fishermen at the hands of authorised officers,” a press word from the MP learn.

The Indian Marine Fisheries Bill 2021 is without doubt one of the 23 payments the Modi authorities intends to desk within the upcoming monsoon Parliamentary session, scheduled to start on Monday. This invoice will repeal the Maritime Zones of India (Regulation of Fishing by Foreign Vessels) Act, 1981. It shall additionally present for the sustainable improvement of fisheries assets within the unique Economic Zone of India and promote the livelihoods of small-scale and artisanal fishers and associated issues.


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