Necessary steps will be taken to convert Katchatheevu into a commercial centre to enable the peoples of Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka to exchange their produce, according to Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industry E.M. Sudarsana Natchiappan.
Speaking to press persons here on Monday, he said the Centre had already taken steps to find an early solution to the problems faced by the fishermen.
Negotiations were going on and an amicable solution to their problems would be found at the earliest, he noted.
Mr. Natchiappan said the Congress would sweep the Assembly polls in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, New Delhi and Mizoram to be held between November 11 and December 4, and the popularity of Bharatiya Janata Party’s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi would not improve the party’s poll prospects.
He said he would mount pressure on the Congress high command to field a candidate in the Kanyakumari Lok Sabha constituency, popularly known as a party fortress.
“The Ministry of Commerce and Industry is keen to start various industries in the state on an outlay of Rs.100 crore. But the State government should allocate Rs.25 crore as its contribution,” he pointed out.
Mr.Nachiyappan was in Kanyakumari district to participate in a meeting of district party office-bearers to discuss the strategy for the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections . (The Hindu)