MARGAO: South Goa Planning and Development Authority (SGPDA) has decided to issue identity cards to the traditional fishermen (ramponnkars) involved in retail sale of fish in the Margao wholesale fish market. However, a final decision is expected at a meeting between Fatorda MLA Vijai Sardesai and concerned officials.
In order to resolve the vexed issue of sale of fish by ramponnkars in the wholesale market, SGPDA held a meeting with ramponnkars on Thursday.
SGPDA chairperson Dr Renuka Da Silva said that it has decided to issue identity cards to ramponnkars after verification of details with the fisheries department. She said, “We want a system in place. Presently, there is utter chaos in the market where everything is sold.”
Representatives of ramponnkars John Fernandes and former Benaulim MLA Caitu D’Silva were present for the meeting along with some ramponnkars. Fernandes said that though they have agreed to carry identity cards to the wholesale fish market, they are averse to the timing allotted by the SGPDA as there is no fix timing when fish is caught.
Fernandes alleged that agents are allowing other vendors (not ramponnkars) to sell fish in retail at the wholesale fish market by accepting bribe. He said that SGPDA should first stop the malpractice. D’Silva alleged that ramponnkars are deprived of space in the retail fish market as ten to twelve shops are occupied by single person.
Source:: The Navhind Times