Vasco fish market vendors fight migrant fish vendors operating on footpaths

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April 2, 2016 at 11:24 am #6274

The Goa Movement for Special Status (GMSS) on Friday met the agitating Vasco fish market vendors and extended its support to them in their fight against migrant fish vendors, who are operating on the footpaths in the town.

The meeting was attended by members of the Old Cross Fishing Canoes Owners Society (OCFCOS), Baina Ramponkar Fishing Canoe Owner’s Society and a large number of traditional fish vendors operating at the Vasco fish market, besides GMSS members, including convenor and historian Prajal Sakhardande.

During the meeting, Vasco Fish Market Vendors’ Association president Carridade Pereira claimed that the traditional fish sellers began to lose business ever since the migrant vendors began operations across town, and it was only for this reason that the market vendors were protesting.

She also informed that they had recently clashed with the migrants on the same issue, after which she lodged a formal complaint against them. She also claimed that the police, municipal authorities and State leaders had not extended help to the market vendors. OCFCOS president Custodio D’Souza slammed political leaders for ignoring the issue. He said the canoe owners also felt that Goan fish vendors were facing neglect, and thus, they had offered their support to the fish vendors.

He said that everyone was waiting for the outcome on the complaint lodged before the Mormugao Municipal Council as well as the police. He added that if the issue was not resolved, as demanded by the Goan fish vendors, then they would not hesitate to come onto the streets in protest.

After hearing the grievances of the fish vendors, Sakhardande said, “GMSS has extended support to the agitating Goan fish vendors from Vasco because we need to come together to preserve Goa’s identity, which is facing a severe threat. Migrants are taking away the business of traditional fish vendors. We feel that the demands of the traditional fish vendors are genuine and they are hurt because their rights are being trampled upon.”He continued, “As the fish vendors have complained that no political leader offered any help to them, I have appealed to the Vasco fish vendors to seek the support of traditional fish vendors from across Goa as well as other Goans and convert their fight into a mass protest by coming onto the streets together. Until all Goans are united and take a stand, such issues will continue to affect the locals.”

Source/Reference: Herald, “GMSS backs Vasco fish market vendors

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April 8, 2016 at 8:13 pm #6316

Vasco fish vendors take tussle with Lamanis to MMC

The Vasco fish vendors group met Mormugao municipal council chairperson Deepak Naik on Thursday and discussed their demands. The group asked Naik to deny vendors of the lamani community permission to sell fish.

The tussle between Goan and Lamani fisher vendors group is a long-standing one. Goan vendors in Vasco had asked the Lamani vendors not to sell fish along the road, as “people didn’t visit the fish market because of them”. Several fights ensued after the Lamani group did not pay heed to their “warnings”.

The Vasco group now wants the Lamanis to stop selling fish along the roads as well as door-to-door. A complaint by the Vasco group and a counter complaint by Lamani group has already been filed at Vasco police station.

Replying to their demands, Naik said, “Nobody can be denied the right to do business, but if the Lamanis are seen selling fish along the road and obstructing traffic, my staff will pick them and confiscate their baskets.”

Naik said that his staff would take stock of the situation up to 7pm everyday and that he would ask the Vasco town police to pursue the matter after that time.

He also asked the Vasco fisher vendors group to ask trawler owners not to supply fish to Lamanis if they wanted to put an end to this problem. The Lamani group has also written to the MMC asking for an allotment of space to do business. Naik added, “This matter will also be taken up during the next council meeting.”

Source/Reference: Times of India, “Vasco fish vendors take tussle with Lamanis to MMC

April 8, 2016 at 8:18 pm #6318

Vasco women fisherfolk confront MMC chairperson over failure to act against roadside vendors

The women fisherfolk from new fish market of Vasco, on Thursday, confronted the Mormugao Municipal Council chairperson Deepak Naik for failure on part of the municipal authorities to initiate action against the roadside fish vendors.

Nearly 50 fisherwomen from new fish market of Vasco marched to the cabin of the MMC chairperson and questioned him over the failure on part of the municipal authorities to initiate action against the roadside fish vendors, particularly, the migrant fish vendors.

They had submitted a letter to the MMC chairperson some few days back, demanding action against the roadside fish vendors, following a clash between them reported at the KTC bus stand, Mundvel.

The women fisherfolk have also demanded action against the vehicles carrying fish which operate in New Vaddem, Chicalim and even at KTC bus stand during evening time.

“We want that the Mormugao municipal authorities to initiate action against those selling fish to the roadside vendors after 6 p.m,” said a fisherwoman.

“The municipal authorities can handle the situation or initiate action against the migrant fish vendors during the office hours, but it is very much difficult during the evening time when migrant fish vendors sell fish on a large scale, ” added another fisherwoman.

The women fisherfolk, however, have demanded with the MMC chairperson to submit a letter, to the police authorities, seeking action against the migrant fish vendors, incase they are found selling fish in various parts of the town during the evening time.

When contacted, the MMC chairperson said that it is very much difficult to initiate action against the migrant fish vendors after the office hours.

“I can intimate the police authorities verbally to initiate action against the illegal sale of fish by the migrant fish vendors in the evening,” he added.

“The municipal authorities are restricting the migrant fish vendors from selling fish in various parts of the city during the office hours, but it is difficult to initiate action against them after the office hours or during the public holidays,” he said. The MMC chairperson has discussed the issue with the chief officer Deepali Naik wherein she has suggested to write to the police authorities, seeking action against the migrant fish vendors who are involved in selling fish along the roadsides, causing hindrance to the free flow of traffic.

Source/Reference: Navhind Times, “Vasco women fisherfolk confront MMC chairperson over failure to act against roadside vendors

April 8, 2016 at 8:23 pm #6319

Vasco fish vendors threaten action against migrant sellers

It may be recalled that the rivalry between the fish market vendors and migrant vendors (Lamanis) in Vasco has been going on for the last few weeks. Both the groups had even clashed on few occasions.

The traditional fish vendors from Vasco had earlier written to MMC Chairperson Deepak Naik, requesting him to initiate action against the migrant fish vendors, who were allegedly selling fish illegally on the roadsides at various places in Vasco in the evening.

On Thursday, a group of 50 traditional fish vendors marched to Naik’s office and questioned him on what action was being taken against the Lamanis. They also informed him that despite his assurance to take action against the Lamanis, the situation had never improved.

After giving them a patient hearing, Naik informed them that he had issued clear directions to the municipal inspectors to take action against all Lamanis found selling fish on the roadsides. He also disclosed that the Lamanis were operating after office hours, and thus, he would approach the Vasco police to initiate action against those involved in the illegal roadside sale of fish after office hours.

“If migrant fish vendors are found selling fish illegally on the roadside, strict action will be initiated against them. This time, we will ask the Vasco police to take action against the migrant vendors,” said Naik.

Source/Reference: Herald, “Vasco fish vendors threaten action against migrant sellers

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