Oct 27, Colombo: India would take up the nagging issue of Indian fishermen jailed in Sri Lanka following their arrest by the Sri Lankan Navy with the Defense Secretary of Sri Lanka during his visit to Delhi this week, an Indian Minister has said.
Sri Lanka's Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa will visit the Indian capital later this week and the fishermen issue will be a major point of discussion, the Union Minister of State in the Prime Ministers' Office (PMO) V. Narayanasamy said today.
The Union Minister told reporters in the fishing town of Karaikal in Puducherry that central government of India has taken several measures to get 32 fishermen of Karaikal and neighboring areas released.
Narayanasamy has said that the Indian government will hold a detailed discussion with Secretary Rajapaksa during his visit to New Delhi later this week to find a solution to the thorny issue as well as to get the fishermen released.
"We are looking for a permanent solution to the problems faced by Indian fishermen," the Minister has said, adding, that the government would also stress for the immediate release of 32 fishermen along with their boats.
Sri Lanka distressed by the continual exploitation of its waters by the Indian fishermen has recently adopted a policy to jail the invading fishermen and release them after a lengthy jail term and also to confiscate their boats.
According to the Union Minister the Indian government is also taking measures to arrange talks between the fishermen of the two countries to find a solution to the problems in fishing in Palk Straits.