Trawlers to go on indefinite strike from Jan 29.
The All Goa Fishing Trawler Owners Federation (AGTOF) has decided to go on an indefinite strike from January 29 onwards by keeping their entire fishing activity shut in order to protest against the hike in the price of diesel by the central government.
The fishermen affiliated to the AGTOF have already anchored the trawlers at their respective fishing jetties from 12 pm onwards on January 26. There are over 1,200 fishing trawlers throughout Goa and they have been presently anchored at various jetties in the state.
A meeting of the presidents and the members of five fishing trawlers associations in the state including those of Cutbona jetty, Khariwada-Vasco, Betul, Mandovi fishermen and Chapora jetty was held in a hotel at Verna on Sunday afternoon wherein it was decided to shut down the entire business activity throughout the state from Tuesday onwards.
Trawler owners and fishermen from the neighbouring states of Maharashtra and Karnataka have also protested against the hike in diesel prices and in order to support their colleagues in the neighbouring states, the fishermen from Goa have decided to shut their activities.
Speaking to the media, the AGTOF president, Mr John Mendes said that the members of five different associations in the state would meet the Union Minister for Agriculture, Mr Sharad Pawar in Delhi and submit a memorandum to him, demanding a cut in the price of diesel. Mr Mendes said that the central government has hiked the prices of diesel by Rs 11 per litre for bulk consumers, while the diesel sold at petrol pumps throughout the state has been hiked by 50 paise per litre. [NT]