India: Fishermen want draft in local languages

Francis Hult francis.hult at
Tue Jun 10 14:28:12 UTC 2008

The Times of India


Fishermen want draft in local languages


Fishermen across India's 8,000 km coastline are faced with an unusual problem. The draft notification on the Coastal Management Zone (CMZ) 2008 which has been put on the website of the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests, invites objections and suggestions from 'any interested persons' within 60 days from May 1. But there is a catch here. The draft notification is in English and there are few fishermen who understand the language.


Unhappy that the government had made little attempt to enforce the coastal regulation zone (CRZ) notification of 1991, the fishermen are now demanding that the latest CMZ notification be translated into Hindi, Gujarati, Tamil and other national languages so that the message could be disseminated among all members of their fraternity who neither have access to a computer nor understand English.


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