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Hotline to address fishermen issue (Relevant for GS Mains Paper II, Topic: Indo-SL Relations)

India-Sri Lanka to set up a Joint Working Group on Fisheries
India and Sri Lanka have agreed to set up a Joint Working Group on Fisheries (JWG) and a hotline between their Coast Guards to address the long-standing issue of fishermen from Tamil Nadu being arrested.

Details of the issue
It is alleged that Indian Fishermen stray into Sri Lankan waters in order to catch more fishes. It is also said that they resort to trawler boats which tears nets of Sri Lankan Fishermen.
As a result, Sri lankan authorities have relied on seizing Indian trawler boats. A fishing trawler, also known as a dragger, is a commercial fishing vessel.

What is a hotline?
A direct telephone line set up for a specific purpose, especially for use in emergencies or for communication between heads of government.


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