Protest against KFDC outlets on November 12

Protest against KFDC outlets on November 12

The move will affect fishermen very badly

Addressing a press conference here on Tuesday, Sathish said that the KFDC has plans to open about 25 retail outlets in Mangalore city, Surathkal, Mulky, Kinnigoli and other places.
 “This anti-people policy of the corporation may push thousands of fishermen families, which primarily depend on fish vending for their livelihood, to streets. The corporation, which was set up for the welfare of poor fishermen, is now opening retail outlets with selfish motive,” he alleged.

Sathish said that about 200 women, who were selling fish at Urwa Stores, Urwa Market and Bejai Market had already lost their jobs because of the new KFDC retail outlet in Chilimbi. “The KFDC should close the outlet in Chilimbi and drop the proposal to open more retail shops,” he urged.

Protest on Nov 12

Sathish said that a protest wouldl be organised jointly by 14-Pattana Mogaveera Mahasabha, Mogaveera Grama Sabhas, Mogaveera Mahila Sabha and the Mangalore unit of Ahinda near Urwa Market on Novembr 12.  A memorandum, urging the authorities to close down the KFDC retail outlet, would be handed over to Deputy Commissioner V Ponnuraj, Mangalore City Corporation Mayor M Shanker Bhat and Superintendent of Police Dr A S Rao on November 11, he said and warned that fishermen would intensify the protest, if the authorities failed to respond to their demand.

Fisherwomen Rajeevi Mukka, Urmila Kudroli, Shobha Surathkal, Vanaja Mukka, Rekha Kulai and Ahinda district secretary B A Mohammed Haneef were present.

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