kamal haasan: Ban on fishing: Kamal asks for more help from fishermen | Madurai News

Madurai: Chairman of Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) and actor Kamal Haasan have urged the state government of Tamil Nadu to increase the amount of compensation given to fishermen during the fishing ban period. He demanded that the compensation be increased from Rs 5,000 to Rs 10,000 for the 61-day period.
Mechanized boat fishing was banned along the east coast between April 15 and June 15 to facilitate fish breeding. Although field boats were allowed to operate during this time, not all mechanized boat fishermen would be able to secure a place on the crew. The majority of mechanized boat fishermen spend their time on shore or seek work opportunities on the west coast. Thus, the state government pays a compensation of Rs 5,000 to each fishing family to manage their household.
The fishermen said they had urged the state government to increase that amount. Previously it was 3000 rupees but was increased to 5000 rupees during the previous AIADMK. The DMK government has assured to increase the amount to 8,000 rupees but the order has not yet come, the fishermen said. “Considering the inflationary trend, Rs5,000 is very meager. It is good to know that Kamal Haasan also raised this demand,” said B Jesuraja, a fisherman chief from Rameswaram.