Palyekar threatens to suspend officials harassing fishermen

PANAJI: Fisheries Minister Vinod Palyekar on Thursday threatened to suspend employees of the department if fishermen bring to his notice specific cases of harassment and dereliction of duty against them.
“I will not tolerate indiscipline,” he said even as he urged the fishermen to bring to his notice if the department officials were harassing them. He also said that if the employees refuse to address the problems, he would order suspension of the employees without issuing notice.
Palyekar made the statement while responding to the grievances of traditional fishermen from Tiswadi taluka during a ‘fishermen dialogue,’ organised by the Directorate of Fisheries in Caranzalem.
Palyekar apologised to the fishermen on behalf of his department officials on they being ill-treated and assured to make all the procedures of the department hassle-free for the traditional fishermen.
Earlier, during the function, the fishermen alleged that they were made to take many rounds of the department for every work. They also complained that the department staff was not following the charter for delivering the time-bound services to the people.
Palyekar further said that he will stand with the fishermen and oppose the nationalisation of rivers if their fishing activities are affected due to the coastal developmental projects. He said that the department has taken up the task of amending the existing laws in order to make the Act deterrent and prevent rampant illegal fishing.

Source:: The Navhind Times

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