Sri Lanka released 2,835 Indian fishermen since 2014: Jaishankar – By Staff Writer
Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar on Monday (19) said that 2,835 Indian fishermen have been released from Sri Lanka since 2014.
“Since 2014 the number of Indian fishermenreleased from Sri Lanka is 2,835,” Jaishankar said while speaking in Lok Sabha during the Winter Session of Parliament.
Hailing Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the release of the fishermen, Jaishankar further said, “PM Modi has given attention to the problems of (Indian) fishermen.PM has spoken with Sri Lankan President and PM on repeated occasions.”
He further said that if fishermen apprehended in Sri Lanka are released today, it is not because someone is writing letters in Chennai but because someone in Delhi is taking up the matter.
Meanwhile, Lok Sabha on Monday passed the Anti-maritime Piracy Bill that seeks to provide an effective legal instrument to combat piracy not only in territorial waters and the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) but also on the high seas.