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QUESTION NO.3443 FISHERMEN KEPT ILLEGALLY IN THE NEIGHBOURING COUNTRIES

March 25, 2021

RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.3443
TO BE ANSWERED ON 25.03.2021.

FISHERMEN KEPT ILLEGALLY IN THE NEIGHBOURING COUNTRIES

3443. SHRI VAIKO:

Will the Minister of External Affairs be pleased to state:

(a) whether the Indian fishermen who have been kept illegally by neighbouring countries like Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Iran were released recently;

(b) if so, the number of fishermen released by these countries and their details, State-wise;

(c) the number of fishermen still kept in custody in other countries; and

(d) steps taken to get them released and repatriate to India?

ANSWER
THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
(SHRI V. MURALEEDHARAN)

(a) to (d) Government attaches the highest priority to the welfare, safety and security of Indian fishermen.

From time to time, Indian fishermen are apprehended by neighbouring countries on charges of fishing in their territorial waters.

As soon as cases of apprehension of Indian fishermen by neighbouring countries are reported, immediate steps are taken by the concerned Indian Missions for consular access to them. All possible assistance, including legal assistance, is extended to the fishermen for their early release and repatriation.

The following numbers of Indian fishermen have been released by neighbouring countries during 2020-21:

Pakistan

State
Year

Gujarat

Andhra Pradesh

Uttar Pradesh

Daman and Diu

West Bengal

Assam

Total Released

2020

0

19

0

0

0

1

20

Sri Lanka

State
Year

Tamil Nadu

Puducherry

Total Released

2020

49

0

49

2021

52

0

52

Bangladesh

State
Year

West Bengal

Andhra Pradesh

Total Released

2020

117

8

125

Iran

State
Year

Tamil Nadu

Total Released

2020

12

12

Details of Indian fishermen that remain in custody in neighbouring countries are as follows

Country

No. of Indian Fishermen in Custody

Pakistan

270 (as per the lists exchanged between India and Pakistan on 01 January, 2021)

Bangladesh

61

Sri Lanka

0

Iran

09

All cases of apprehension of Indian fishermen and their fishing boats by neighbouring countries are consistently raised with their Governments and it is requested to consider this issue on purely humanitarian and livelihood grounds.

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