Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami today urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take steps to repatriate 21 fishermen from Tamil Nadu stranded in Iran and ensure that they receive their due wages.
In a letter to Modi, Palaniswami said the 21 were left stranded in Iran by their employers by withholding their passports.
“I request you to direct the Embassy of India in Iran to take all measures to ensure the immediate repatriation of these poor innocent Indian fishermen. Necessary steps may also be taken to ensure that the fishermen receive their just and due wages,” he said.
The CM said the fishermen from Tamil Nadu were employed by Mohammed Shallah and his brothers for more than six months.
“Necessary steps may also be taken to ensure that the fishermen receive their just and due wages”, he said and requested immediate action in this matter as their families and dependants in Tamil Nadu were anxious about the safety and early return of these fishermen.
Drawing Modi’s attention to the plight of 21 fishermen stranded in Iran and neither allowed to return to India nor allowed to continue fishing for which they were engaged as contract fishing labourers, the Chief Minister said they were engaged in fishing in three boats belonging to their Iranian employers, Mohammed Shallah and his brothers, for more than six months.
“In the recent past, the Iranian employers did not pay the fishermen their share, as per terms of employment. Hence these fishermen were struggling to make their ends meet and were unable to send money to their families,” Palaniswami said.