CM hiding details of deep sea fishing contract; Chennithala repeats allegations
Thiruvananthapuram: Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala repeated the allegations against the state government over the deep sea fishing contract with a US-based firm.
Addressing a press meet here on Sunday, Chennithala alleged that the Chief Minister is hiding the conditions of the deep sea fishing contract. He pointed out that EMCC has held talks with the fisheries minister in New York as part of the contract.
“Earlier Mercykutty Amma rejected the proposal of the company. But Jayarajan convinced the company to carry out the project and allotted land to execute it. Chief Minister’s department has also signed an agreement with the firm for building fishing vessels,” added Chennithala.
Chennithala also released the documents of the 4-acre land allotted to EMCC for the KSIDC project and MoU signed between the government and EMCC during Ascend Kerala, the global investors meet.
Chennithala also criticised fisheries minister J Mercykutty Amma for giving contradictory statements over his allegations.
“When I raised the allegations, Mercykutty Amma asked which company was involved in the agreement. The company has claimed that they were invited to carry out the project. Concept note of EMCC, the letter issued to industrial minister EP Jayarajan and other related documents asserted that the government invited the firm,” pointed out the opposition leader.
“When the photo was released, Mercykutty Amma reacted that she doesn’t remember about the meeting with the representatives of the firm. She stated that many people visited her in New York and the firm representatives may be among them,” said Chennithala.