Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu today spoke to the Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, and Governor Acharya Devvrat as well as with Union Home Minister Amit Shah about the five thousand Andhra Pradesh fishermen stranded in the sea near Veraval and other two locations in Gujarat.
He asked about the facilities and support being extended by the state and asked them about arrangements being made to send them back to their home state.
Vice President Naidu sent across the translated versions of several Telugu news reports giving an account of the plight of the stranded fishermen to Union Home Ministry, CMO Gujarat and the Governor’s officer for immediate attention. These fishermen have been stranded near the sea in Gujarat ever since the lockdown was announced on March 24, 2020.
During the telephonic conversation, the Chief Minister of Gujarat informed Vice President that Gujarat government was willing to take them to the relief camps in Gujarat and provide all assistance or send them back to Srikakulam by sea route.
The Chief Minister of Gujarat told Vice President Naidu that Government of Andhra Pradesh had agreed to ship them back to Andhra Pradesh that the Union Home Minister had also spoken to him about doing the needful.
Vice President was also informed by senior officials of the Government of Andhra Pradesh of the discussions between the Chief Ministers of the two states.
The Vice President expressed the satisfaction that both the Union Government and the two-state governments have jointly evolved a feasible solution of transporting the fishermen to Andhra Pradesh by ships.