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Cong releases ''photos'' of Fisheries Minister with EMCC officials

Cong releases ''photos'' of Fisheries Minister with EMCC officials
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Thiruvananthapuram,Feb 20 (PTI) Opposition Congress leader

Ramesh Chennithala on Saturday released purportedphotos of

Fisheries Minister J Mercykutty Amma holding discussions with

representativesof a US-based firm hereon a deep sea fishing

project, against the agreement of which he had leveled

corruption charges.

Besides the minister, the company representatives and the

fisheries department officials could also be seen in the

purported photos, released by the leader in a press meet here.

He also released what he termed was ''documentary evidence''

-- a purported concept note submitted by the company to the

Fisheries Department and the letter sent by the Fisheries

Principal Secretary to the EMCC president on the controversial

project.

The photos were made public a day after the Left

government had rejected asbaseless his corruptionchargein

an agreement inked by the state-owned Kerala Shipping and

Inland Navigation Corporation (KSINC) with the US-based EMCC

International for the deep sea fishing project.

The Congress leader hadalleged corruption involving Rs

5,000 crore in the agreement with the firm and the company had

been allowed deep sea fishing.

He had also saidthe agreement wouldaffect the interest

of fishermen community in Kerala.

However, rubbishing the charges, Mercykutty Amma had said

the allegations had no merit and Chennithala was speaking of

an imaginary agreement.

"It has now become proved that whatever the minister had

said were blatant lies.

The company officials have already confirmed to the

media that they had held discussion with her at New York also

in this regard.

The photos of that meeting are also expected to be

available soon," Chennithala said here on Saturday.

the Congress leader said there was more ample evidence to

confirm that Mercykutty Amma had held discussions with the

US-based firm and Industries Minister E P Jayarajan was well

aware about the project and added that the Left government had

shown keen interest to take it forward.

Alleging that it was a vicious attempt to cheat the

fishermen community, Chennithala also said if the opposition

had not found this now, the entire marine wealth of Kerala

would have been plundered in two or three years.

He also asked how Chief Minister could not know about such

a mammoth project when the KSINC, under his direct control,

had signed an MoU with a US-based firm.

However, the Fisheries Minister continued to reject the

opposition charge for the second day also.

Though she confirmed that the EMCC International

officials had met her here, she said she did not remember what

they had discussed about the project.

She had said on Friday that no agreement was signed by

the government to allow fishing by the US firm.

The Minister also said that only the Centre can permit

deep sea fishing by a foreign company and the state government

will not take any steps affecting the fishermen community. PTI

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Disclaimer :- This story has not been edited by Outlook staff and is auto-generated from news agency feeds. Source: PTI

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