GSPC not paying compensation to fishermen: Chandrababu Naidu

Vastavam web: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu written to Oil Minister complaining about Gujarat government firm GSPC not paying compensation to fishermen affected by its pipeline laying work in KG basin. Gujarat State Petroleum Corp (GSPC), he said, had conducted offshore drilling in its KG basin block in the Bay of Bengal as well as laid pipeline from the drilling site to the shore. As many as 16,554 families were identified and Rs 6,750 per month was payable to each affected fisherman till completion of drilling work of GSPC, he said. “Accordingly, the GSPC has paid an amount of Rs 66.88 crore towards the compensation for 16,514 affected families for a period of six months,” Naidu wrote.

Naidu asked Pradhan to take a personal interest in the matter and “consider the request of the downtrodden traditional poor fisher families for payment of the amount payable to them for a period of 7 months as they have lost livelihood due to GSPC”.