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The fishermen who took out their boats to flood-hit regions and saved hundreds of lives have made the country proud, Fisheries Minister J. Mercykutty Amma has said.

“The government will see to it that their boats and engines are properly repaired. Replacing totally damaged boats are also under consideration. A sum of Rs. 2.5 crore has been set aside for this purpose,” she said while speaking at an event organised by the Matsyafed, district administration, and Kollam Corporation here on Saturday to honour the fishermen involved in rescue operations.

The Minister said that the government had been striving to bring the fishing community into the mainstream. “The government has also decided to introduce a legislation ensuring fair price for their catch, making their life more secure,” she said. The Minister presented citations to the fishermen on the occasion.

An example

Forest Minister K. Raju said the fishermen in the State had set an example for the entire country. “They have proved that not only the coast, but the hill areas are also safe in their hands,” he said. The Minister also appreciated the Forest Department for their activities in the Ghat sections during the flood.

Jaison, who was part of a rescue team that went to Thiruvalla, shared his experiences. He remembered saving infants and pregnant women.

The fishermen also received citations from the Kollam Corporation and district administration along with Rs. 15 lakh contributed by the Tamil Nadu Poultry Association.

Kollam City police also distributed mementos to the fishermen. Mayor V. Rajendrababu presided. District Collector S. Karthikeyan, and N.K. Premachandran and K. Somaprasad, MPs, were present.

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