In a bid to find a solution to the ban on fishing in the north east coastal belt, President Rajapaksa has asked the Navy Commander Daya Sandagiri to submit a report to him on the matter.
While security officials have steadfastly rejected a lifting of the ban on fishing activities in the high security zones and in areas close to Trincomalee and KKS ports, the people of the area maintain they are being deprived of their livelihood.
It is reported that the President had instructed his Secretary Lalith Weeratunge to arrange a video conference with all parties affected by the fishing ban, ranging from public servants, investors, entrepreneurs, the fishing community and the public of Trincomalee.
The problem of the ban on fishing in the north and east was raised by Minister Bogollagama when he met the President following his (Bogollagama`s) visit to Trincomalee where he met investors, entrepreneurs, members of the fishing community, members of the Chamber of Commerce and the general public.
The Chamber of Commerce complained to the Minister that the fishing ban imposed in the area had affected the small-scale fishermen in the coastal areas.
The Minister had emphasised the need for an effective network of roads for the Kappalthurai Industrial Zone area, an effective paddy purchasing mechanism to be put in place and the need to construct an alternate road through Kantalai Town, to avoid heavy vehicles using the road over the Kantalai Tank Bund.
The Minister urged that facilities should be provided to investors and entrepreneurs to obtain necessary finances without any delay.
An SME Bank Branch will be opened in Trincomalee, in April.