Health Minister Vishwajit Rane on Saturday said that he has sought support from his counterparts in Karnataka and Maharashtra and has urged them to ask their respective state Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to come on board with Goa FDA in resolving the issue of transportation of fish.
“I have spoken to the concerned ministers of both the states (Karnataka and Maharashtra). If they want a solution, they should ask their state FDAs to come forward and coordinate with Goa FDA and let them also put in efforts. In order to resolve the issue, we and they need to be on the same page,” the Health Minister said while interacting with media persons on the sidelines of a function held to launch STEMI-Goa project at the Goa Medical College and Hospital at Bambolim.
He said that the respective FDAs of both the states should provide Goa government with the lists mentioning the names and addresses of small fishermen from their jurisdiction who fall within the radius of 60 kilometres from state borders so as to enable Goa FDA to identify them.
“We cannot allow them to bring in fish without proper documents and verification, as behind these small fishermen, there could be the fish traders and they may take advantage of any situation in the name of small fishermen,” Rane said.
Reacting to the incident wherein agitated fish traders, trawler owners and fish agents on Friday gheraoed an official of the FDA over the seizure of fish consignment that came into the state from Karwar, Rane said that noise and ruckus by
fishermen will not affect his decision.
“They (agitated fishermen) are saying that they want to take a morcha to my house. They are most welcome; I will serve them a cup of tea but I am not going to relax the ban. Compliances are must; whoever wants to shout and make noise is free to do so. I can’t hear them at the moment,” he said.