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Won’t back down on fish import rules: Vishwajit

16 Dec 2018 06:55am IST

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16 Dec 2018 06:55am IST

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Asks neighbouring State FDAs to come on board

PANJIM: Notwithstanding criticism from the two neighbouring States over the ban on fish import into Goa, FDA Minister Vishwajit Rane said the ‘compliance rules’ will remain and asked FDAs from Maharashtra and Karnataka to hold discussions with Goa for a solution.

“Irrespective of any amount of noise, I am not relaxing the compliance rules (imposed on the fish traders). Compliance is a must. Whoever wants to shout in my name can do. According to me, I cannot hear it. I am not going to do anything. The concerned ministers of the States must also come forward to ask their FDAs to talk to our FDA if they want a solution. Let them also take some effort to see how we can smoothen the issue. Nothing can happen by creating noise and ruckus,” Rane said on Saturday. 

He reiterated that TCP Minster Vijai Sardesai and he are firm to retain the ban till the fish traders meet the compliances, ‘irrespective of what repercussions we face’. “We are in talks with them (both the States) and told their FDAs to come on board and hold talks with Goa FDA,” he added. 

The minister said that during the last meeting he had asked the Karwar fishermen to send a list of the small traders, but the details are still awaited. “At times they sell the fish in the wholesale market. If there is no permission of fish sale, it will be destroyed,” he added. 

The two States have been asking the Goa government to lift the ban citing huge losses to the fishermen.

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