The Tamil Nadu Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will continue to pressurise the Union Government to retrieve the Katchatheevu Island from Sri Lanka as it would facilitate the fishermen in Tamil Nadu to engage in fishing activities along the Palk Straits without any insecurity and threat from the Sri Lankan Navy Personnel, said its State President K. Annamalai yesterday (14).
Speaking to reporters, he said that though the Katchatheevu was handed over to Sri Lanka by the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in 1972 and it had been described as a “Settled matter,” steps are being taken now to retrieve it. The Government led by Narendra Modi is keen to protect the welfare of the fishermen. So, the BJP Unit from Tamil Nadu would keep pressurising the Centre on this issue.
The Katchatheevu, according to the fishermen in Rameswaram, would be more useful and productive for the fishermen from Tamil Nadu than those from Sri Lanka. While the fishermen can get catch only in Katchatheevu Islet, it would be logically perfect to be demarcated with in the Indian waters, he explained.