Even after about a month since deep fishing has resumed in the Arabian Sea after the monsoon break, the fishermen are yet not so eager regarding the same. They are even thinking of abandoning it or reducing the frequency. The reason behind the decreased zeal is they say a rise in the petroleum prices. The diesel prices in the state have risen from 74.54rs to 79.40rs per litre. The prices the fishermen get has got no boost. Leeladhar, a boatman says that it takes around 200 litre of fuel to one voyage and if the prices of diesel don’t come down the fishermen might even have to stop deep sea diving since with this high price of diesel they are not able to fetch the basic expenses even. With around 4500 fishing trawlers in Mumbai itself, a week long journey takes about 3000-4000 litres of fuel and imagine the cost of the voyage then. The government transfers them subsidy after they purchase the fuel at market price which too is pending from a year now. Fishermen risk their lives in the sea and yet fail to fetch enough attention from the government as the farmers do. They are no demanding for a loan waiver but just proper prices, timely subsidy payment and storage infrastructure.
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