Influential receiving extortion from fishermen

KARACHI: Influential people in interior Sindh have started receiving extortion from poor fishermen, group of fishermen on anonymity told PPI on Monday. The group came to Livestock and Fisheries Department, located in Sindh Secretariat, in order to inform the relevant officials about their problems and difficulties.

The group said: “ There are about 25 natural lakes in Tando Muhammad Khan, Thatha and Badin which are a great source of livelihood for poor fishermen but now some influential local people, who also have political background, have termed these lakes their property and are demanding half of fish catch.”

They said that it was a great injustice with the fishers, therefore, Sindh government should take action against extortionists. All lakes should be declared as public property, they said.

The fishermen said that some lakes in those areas had also dried which was a matter of great concern for them. The fishers said that in 2007, Sindh government had started construction of a model village for them in Zero Point Badin but work on the project was stopped two years back. They demanded completion of the project as soon as possible.

Moreover, they said that getting fishing license was a tough job for fishers, so the government should make the procedure easy and start mobile serves for providing licenses.

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