Responding to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin’s statement on the attack on fishermen by the Sri Lankan Navy, Union Minister of State L Murugan said that since 2014, more attention is being paid to bring back the fishermen of the state.

Murugan also said that since 2014 there has been a positive change in the situation and many fishermen have been rescued.

Union Minister of State for Fisheries, Information and Broadcasting said, “The fishermen’s welfare funds and schemes doubled only after 2014. Before 2014, more than 500 fishermen had died. But now the situation has changed. Many The fishermen were rescued and Murugan said, “They were brought to their homeland and there are very few left in Sri Lanka.”

“Even we are taking steps to bring them back to their homeland,” he added.

Earlier, Tamil Nadu CM MK Stalin criticized the Bharatiya Janata Party-led Center alleging that “attacks on Tamil Nadu fishermen continue under the Modi government”.

He further said that the BJP government is a ‘weak government’.

Meanwhile, 15 fishermen from Rameswaram district, who were released from Sri Lankan jail, were welcomed by the BJP on their arrival in Chennai on Thursday.

They were arrested by the Sri Lankan Naval Police on July 8 for allegedly crossing the border and fishing in Sri Lankan jurisdiction.

After the arrest, the fishermen were produced before the court and later remanded to judicial custody.

Their case came up for hearing in the Oorkavalthurai court on 21 July and the judge ordered the release of all 15 fishermen.

Notably, his release came days after Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe’s official visit to India. During his visit, the Sri Lankan President also met Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The Palk Strait, a narrow strip of water that separates Tamil Nadu from Sri Lanka, is a rich fishing ground for fishermen from both countries and as a result fishermen keep visiting the area and eventually enter Sri Lankan waters Are.

(Only the headline and image of this report may have been reworked by Business Standard staff; the rest of the content was auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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