July 21, Colombo: A lawmaker of Sri Lanka’s main opposition United National Party (UNP) says fishermen in the Chilaw area of the North West are being extorted by a group.
UNP Puttalam District parliamentarian Palitha Range Bandara has said a certain group in Chilaw was extorting monies from the fishermen by terrorizing them.
Range Bandara has told parliament that certain government politicians supported this group.
The fishermen, therefore, have to pay the extortionists on top of the three types of taxes imposed by the government, he has said.
The parliamentarian has said that monies were being extorted from the fishermen during weighing fish in the market using false weighing scales.
Range Bandara has added that false weighing scales were being used to weigh the fish after locking up a new weighing scale given by a group of fishermen and a priest in the area.
He has called on Fisheries Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne to visit the area and meet the fishermen to resolve the issue.