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Fishing trawlers on strike in Goa

Posted on Jan 29, 02:10PM | IBNS

The hustling and bustling at fish markets in Goa wore a deserted look after 1000-odd trawlers decided to go on an indefinite strike from Tuesday to protest hike in diesel prices. Wholesale fish merchants and retail fish vendors at major fish markets in the capital city Panaji, commercial capital Margao, Ponda and others places have lent their support to the strike. The protestors have demanded to reduce the diesel price by Rs 11 which if not, they will continue their strike regardless of the consequences. A delegation of various fishing trawlers' associations is meeting Union Minister for Agriculture Sharad Pawar in New Delhi Tuesday. "Trawlers associations purchase diesel from the oil companies directly and distribute to each trawler through our petrol pump outlets at the jetties. Now with the hike in diesel prices we have to shell out Rs 61.35 per litre as against Rs 50.23 per litre before," Edwin Carvalho, President of the Vasco Trawler Association, said. Since the protest had begun last week itself demanding to roll back the prices, some non-vegetarian restaurants had already purchased fish in bulk to ensure sufficient stocks for the next few days.