Mopidevi thanks Jagan for rescue of 22 fishermen
AP Minister for Fisheries, Mopidevi Venkata Ramana, thanked chief minister Jaganmohan Reddy for rescuing 22 fishermen of the State from Pakistan. The Minister said that he would personally receive them in the country’s border from Pakistan officials on January 6.
The 22 fishermen of AP were captured by the Pakistan Coast Guard last year on the Gujarat coast. They would be released by Pakistan government at Wagha border on January 6, the minister said.
He said Jagan Mohan Reddy had met the families of the 22 captured fishermen during his padayatra. After taking charge as the Chief Minister, he had pursued the matter with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the external affairs ministry in New Delhi. He also got Rajya Sabha member Vijayasai Reddy to pursue the matter, the minister added.
Out of the 22 fishermen, 15 are from Srikakulam, five from Vizianagaram and five others are from East Godavari district. The previous TDP government had done nothing to get the fishermen released. Since the Chief Minister was informed that the families of the captured fishermen were in dire straits, he had sanctioned an amount of Rs 4,500 to each family which is being paid every month and also helped them in getting loans.
After the YSRCP government having done for the captured fishermen and worked hard to get their release, it was wrong on the part of the TDP leaders to claim that the fishermen were going to be released because of the efforts made by them, the minister said.
However, only 20 of the 22 fishermen are going to be released by Pakistan government. Due to lack of proper information two fishermen belonging to East Godavari district would be released after a month. The released fishermen would be sent home after thorough medical examination, the minister said.
The Chief Minister has been very keen on reaching out to the fishermen families for which he has introduced a scheme called YSR Matsyakara Nestam by proving them Rs 10,000 during the lean season.