Karuna seeks hike in ban-period assistance to fishermen

DMK president M Karunanidhi on Monday sought a hike in the dole given to fishermen during the 45-day annual fishing ban period.

Updated: Apr 15, 2013, 17:22 PM IST

Chennai: DMK president M Karunanidhi on Monday sought a hike in the dole given to fishermen during the 45-day annual fishing ban period.

The present amount of Rs 2,000 would not be enough in the present circumstances and it should be increased to at least Rs 4,500, he said.

"This sum may not suffice to run a family but I request the state government to implement this demand of my party," he said in a statement here.

Referring to the spate of attacks on fishermen from the state by Sri Lankan Navy, Karunanidhi said such attacks and arrests of fishermen had become recurring incidents.

PTI