Fishing operations resume in Kerala:

Fishing operations resume in Kerala:
New Kerala – Ernakulam,Kerala,India

Kerala, India]: Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 4 : Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy Tuesday announced fishing operations in the state have resumed.

“First there was the boat owners strike Dec 15 onwards, and when it was called off came the tsunami. Now the fishing has resumed,” Chandy said here after an all-party meeting to discuss rehabilitation in the tsunami hit areas.

Kerala has 200,000 people engaged in fishing and close to a million people are dependant on the fishing industry.

“We have already announced distribution of free ration in the coastal areas and have identified 217,989 families to it would be distributed for a month,” said Chandy.

“Till Monday this ration had reached 44,811 families and the remaining would be given by Wednesday,” he said.

Sandu Joseph of the Sea Food Exporters Association of India said there was no damage to exports because of stoppage of fishing activities in the past three weeks as it is the off-season period now.

“We have decided to adopt one village in every tsunami-affected area of the state for massive rehabilitation. We are planning to raise $100,000 from our members for this,” said Joseph

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