Devananda has no mandate to allow Indians to fish in SL waters- Gammanpila
The Government denies controversial reports of Indian fishermen being given licences to engage in fishing activities in Sri Lankan waters.
The Co-Cabinet Spokesperson and Minister of Energy Udaya Gammanpila says that the Minister of Fisheries, Douglas Devananda cannot take such a policy decision alone, without the approval of the Cabinet. Gammanpila further stated that Minister Devananda has not yet presented a proposal on the matter to the Cabinet as well.
He said this at the Cabinet press briefing held at the Government Information Department today (30).
Media reports have claimed that the Governments of Sri Lanka and India are in discussion for a plan to allow Indian boats to fish in Lankan waters.
The Navy Spokesperson, Captain Indika de Silva said that the Navy has not been informed of such decision and continues to apprehend Indian fishing vessels to prevent illegal fishing practices and to protect the fishery resources claimed by Sri Lanka.
The Navy apprehended five fishing vessels alongside 54 Indian Nationals while poaching in Sri Lankan waters on 25 March.