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Liberalisation of Universities-Promoting Slow Death

generated by industries and enforce conformity of these standards as per the water act." A review team of the committee recently toured Thanjavur district and listed the complaints of villagers and traditional fisherfolk against the shrimp farms. The committee plans to finalise its regulatory scheme by December. A senior official of the department of fisheries who is a member of the review team points out that implementation of regulatory and environmental safety laws would be hindered, as an estimated 40 per cent of the shrimp farms in the state, which are major contributors to the Rs 320 crore worth of shrimp export from that state, are unregistered. The Andhra Pradesh government had also constituted an expert committee on this issue and then proposed a draft legislation to regulate the shrimp farms and aquaculture industries in the state. The committee assesses that over one lakh acres of land has been converted into shrimp farms along the 974 km Andhra Pradesh coastline stretching from Ichapuram to Tada, particularly in the districts of Godavari, Krishna, Nellore, Visakhapatnam and Vizianagaram. Thus the shrimp aquaculture industry is now a multi-million industry in India and it is widely accepted that the industry will continue to grow. The oppressed and the poor are paying a high environmental and social cost for this expansion, which is being largely disregarded by governments and companies, heavily involved in intensive shrimp culture. The struggle against it, however, is bound to continue.

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