Nizamabad: The Village Development Committee has socially boycotted 38 fishermen families from Pipri village for not following the former’s ‘tyrant’ rules.
The committee ordered that the fishermen families, belonging to the Goondla community, pay Rs 1 lakh per year for rearing fish in the village tanks. Moreover, it wants them to sell their catch only at the rate decided by the committee members
The Goondla community, in Pipri village of Armoor mandal, has been traditionally dependent on fishing for their livelihood since a few decades.
The community refused to obey the orders stating it they practice their tradition individually and so the catches are too less– just two to three kg in the season. During off-season, they take up agriculture and other works.
This did not go down well the committee and they released a ‘fatwa- like order’ asking grocery stores not to sell groceries to fishermen, they should not be allowed to take up farm works, ensure they do not use village autos for transportation, and also asked houseowners to vacate tenants belonging to the Goondla community.
D Rajender, president of the Pipri Fishermen Society, said they had approached the Armoor RDO and DSP, and submitted a memorandum in this regard. They have requested them to look into the matter and take action against the VDC members.
On Thursday, Gangaputra Chaitanya Samithi members visited Pipri and held a meeting with samithi’s president Alogot Ramesh, advisors Utnoor Balana and Pallikonda Narsanna and vice-president Thimmapoor Narayana.
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