KOLLAM: Kerala Swathantra Matsya Thozhilali Federation State president T. Peter has demanded that the Indo-ASEAN free trade agreement (FTA) be comprehensively discussed in Parliament before being implemented.
He was inaugurating a seminar on ‘ASEAN agreement and its concerns along the Kerala coast’ on Saturday.
The seminar was organised by the Kerala Matsysthozhilali Kshema Samithi.
Mr. Peter said the fishing community across the country feared that the implementation of the agreement would impoverish them as 117 species of edible fish caught and sold by them would be imported into the country on a large scale. This would push the fishing community into a crisis.
He called upon all members of the community to shed their political differences and come forward to oppose the agreement. He demanded that all MPs from the State present the concerns of the community over the agreement in Parliament.
The Chief Minister should take an all-party delegation and meet the Prime Minister in this connection, he said.