Sri Lankan fishermen not allowed setting out to sea without insurance from next year

Dec 19, Colombo: Sri Lankan fishermen setting out to sea next year are required to obtain insurance, the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development has said.

Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development, Rajitha Senaratne has said that the fishermen will not be allowed to set out to sea from next year if they are not insured.

The Ministry launched the insurance scheme for the fishermen in January 2011, but the fishermen have not shown much interest to obtain the coverage.

Under the Ministry’s insurance scheme insurance coverage of Rs. 100,000 will be provided for a person paying Rs. 750 annually while a Rs. 1,500 policy will cover the insured for Rs, 300,000.

The policy expects to provide cover for around 175,000 Sri Lanka fishermen under this scheme.

The Minister pointed out that in other countries it is compulsory for the fishermen to obtain insurance

before going out to sea and Sri Lanka is following the same practice.

The Ministry plans to look into the possibility of obtaining insurance for fishing crafts as well.

According to Dr. Senaratne, the Ministry is also working out a plan to implement a pension scheme for fishermen over 60 years of age.

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