Fishermen of Mannar have demanded adequate supplies of fuel to carry out their livelihood and handed over a petition containing a set of other demands as well.

On October 18, they marched to the Fisheries Department office at Pallimunai and to the Kachcheri, where they asked that their grievances be referred to the subject minister.

Representing 900 families at the Vankalai fishing village, where they have 420 motorized boats, the protestors said they were getting only five litres of kerosene every 10 days.

This amount is wholly inadequate to go fishing, they said, adding that their demand is at least 50 litres at a time.


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