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Dakshinbanga Matsyajibi Forum

Dakshinbanga Matsyajibi Forum (DMF) was established by eminent leaders of fishworkers’ like Harekrishna Debnath, Nirmalendu Das, Gadadhar Das, Amulya Bar, Gopinath Das, Suklal Das, Shyamal Mondal in early 1990s to help develop collective strength of small scale fish workers of Southern part of West Bengal.

Registered under the Trade Union Act in 1992 [Regn. No.20474] DMF presently has more than 16,000 members from among fishers, fish farmers, fish vendors, fish sorters and dryers and other ancillary fish workers working in both marine and inland fisheries. The Organisational reach of DMF spreads over nine (9) districts of West Bengal – East Midnapore, West Midnapore, Jhargram, South 24 Parganas, North 24 Parganas, Howrah, Hooghly, Nadia and Murshidabad.

 

Present Office Bearers:

President: Debasis Shyamal

Vice Presidents: Tapasi Dolui, Jyotirmoy Saraswati

General Secretary: Milan Das.

Assistant Secretaries: Bidhan Ch. De; Abdar Mallick.

Treasurer: Achintya Pramanik

 

Principles & Policies:

DMF represents small scale fishers’ and fish farmers’ struggle for right to sustainably use the water bodies and fish resources and to protect those resources. DMF also represents the livelihood struggles of small scale fish vendors and other ancillary fish workers like fish sorters and dryers, net makers and menders etc. DMF represents the women fish workers’ fight for gender justice. DMF fights for the small scale fish workers’ right to finance, infrastructure, information, market and social security. Last but not the least – DMF demands recognition of the occupational dignity of fish workers – Government Identity Card.

 

HIGHLIGHTS OF STRUGGLE

1996 – Delhi March to protect the coast from encroachments and pollution, for banning foreign fishing vessels and for implementation of Murari Committee Recommendations.

1997 – Hunger Strike under Gandhi statue at Kanthi on 21 demands like Kerosene and diesel subsidy, implementation of Murari Committee recommendations and CRZ Notification.

1999-2000 – Movement against Sahara Mega Tourism project in Hooghly river estuary and in Sundarban. Sahara was forced to withdraw.

2000 – Hunger Strike at Kanthi demanding relief and savings scheme, Cycle and tray for fish vendors, gloves and shoes for fish sorter women. All the demands were realized.

2000-2003 – Struggle against eviction of 10,000 fish workers from seasonal fish drying on Jambudwip island. State Government agreed to provide 100 hectares of land on Jambudwip for fish workers. Case pending in Supreme Court.

2005 – Coastal Padayatra (march) from Khejuri to Digha under the leadership of Harekrishna Debnath with the slogan ‘ Save Water, Save Coast, Save Coastal People”.

2006-2007 – Movement against proposed Haripur Nuclear Power Plant. The newly elected State Government in 2011 rejected the project.

2008 – Joining the historic Coastal Campaign organized by NFF under the leadership of Harekrishna Debnath. As a result the ill conceived CMZ Notification was withdrawn.

2009-2011 – Demise of Harekrishna Debnath. Onslaught of vested interest led corruption in the coastal fish workers’ organisation of Purba Medinipur. Organisational crisis and recovery. Spread of organisation to Sagar island and Sundarban.

2012 – Spread of DMF organization to Howrah and Hooghly Districts. Submission of memorandums. Eight days’ Boat Rally in the rivers and creeks of Sundarban in December 2012. Struggle for implementation of Forest Rights Act in Sundarban demanding right to fish and right to protect fisheries resources.

2013 – The continuous movement in Sundarban has brought in some partial reliefs for fishing communities. District wise Campaign, Workshop, Conference and submission of memorandum by the Fish Vendors’ Union of East Midnapore. Successful movement of fishing communities at Sagar Island against threat of eviction.

2014 – Spread of DMF organization to North 24 Parganas and West Midnapore Districts. First recognition of fish vendors as fish workers through issuance of Biometric Identity cards. Hunger strike and rally in Sundarban, suspension of anti-fisher circular issued by Forest Department.

2015 – Initiative to develop connections with small scale fish workers’ organisations across the country to raise the voice and concerns of fishing communities on national issues. Opposition to Land Acquisition Ordinance of Government of India. Rejection of the Draft National Tourism Policy 2015. Signature campaign by Fishing communities of Sundarban to implement Forest Dwellers’ Rights Act. Matsyajibi Adhikar Padayatra in Sagar Island. NGT Scraps Thermal Power Plant on Nayachar Island. Regional Workshop on National Policy on Marine Fisheries. Opposition to proposed amendments to CRZ 2011. Opposing Rampal Thermal Power Plant adjacent to Sundarban in Bangladesh.

2016 – Spread of DMF organization to Jangalmahal. Three submissions on three consecutive drafts on National Policy on Marine Fisheries. Objections to Draft Wetland Rules; EIA amendment Notification; Draft Geo-Spatial Information Regulation Bill, 2016. First Deputation of Tiger Widows to claim their rights. Workshops on Women Fish Workers, Preferential Access to Marine Fish Resources. Founding conference of National Platform for Small Scale Fish Workers (Inland).

2017 – DMF spreads to Murshidabad. DMF facilitates formation of Vessel Crew Fish Worker Union in mechanised fishing sector in West Bengal. Tribal Fishers fight back brutal torture of forest staff in Sundarban. DMF protests alleged replacement of CRZ 2011 Notification by MCRZ Notification. Action Survey & Campaign by DMF to save Bidyadhari River. Women Fishworkers’ State Level Workshop. Demand to Roll Back GST on Fisheries Sector. Protesting RCEP Negotiations on behalf of Fish Workers of India. Submission to the Department of Fisheries, Govt. of West Bengal on Management of Marine Fish Resources. Fish Vendors’ demonstrate at Kanthi. State Level Deputation of Women Fish Workers. 

2018 – DMF Objections to MoEF&CC Notification Amending CRZ-2011 admitted by NGT for hearing, workshops conducted in the states of West Bengal, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat, 2,100 protest letters sent by fisher people.  Opposition to Proposed Merchant Shipping Corridor Along the Coast. Save Mathabhanga-Churni River Campaign and Cycle Rally. DMF demands demarcation of land belonging to rivers to prevent river bed encroachment. Meeting Convened by District Magistrate Recognises Concerns of Fishing Communities Raised by DMF – Assures Steps to Resolve Problems. National Workshop on Preferential Access of Small Scale Fish Workers to Marine Fish Resources. DMF Women Fish Workers’ delegation meets the fisheries minister. DMF initiates organisation building of fish workers in North Bengal.

2019 – DMF adopts ‘Right to Water’ of small scale fishers and fish farmers as main demand. DMF requests all political parties to include small scale fishing communities’ demands in their Election  Manifesto. DMF joins protest against RCEP negotiations with fish workers of India. Nadia – Campaign for rejuvenation of Ichamaty and Sundarban – DMF initiates tiger widow collectives. Murshidabad – fishing communities rally against destructive mosquito net fishing. Purba Medinipur – New fish market at Satmail – decade long struggle of Fish Vendor Union achieves success. Struggle for rehabilitation of Fish Vendors at Pichabani achieves success. Women Fish Workers Make First Ever State Level Deputation to Fisheries Minister in West Bengal. Women fish workers in West Bengal – two days’ workshop cum interactive session. Citizens’ Meet & Press Conference on Tiger Widows. DMF submission on draft national mariculture policy. Mass Demonstration of Fish Workers on 21 point charter of demand. Stop fratricide, defeat political factionalism, bloodshed and murder – DMF comes out against inter-party violence. DMF submission on the draft “National Marine Fisheries (Regulation & Management) Bill, 2019”. DMF Demands Fishing Communities’ Livelihood Security on Border Areas with Bangladesh. United Movement of fish vendors compels the Government to excavate Paharpur-Balighai Canal without eviction of vendors.

দুয়ারে সরকারে মৎস্যজীবী নিবন্ধীকরনের ক্ষেত্রে কতগুলি সমস্যার প্রতি দৃষ্টি আকর্ষণ

দুয়ারে সরকারে জমা দেওয়া ফর্মের একনলেজম্যান্টের দুরবস্থা। – ১১-১১-২০২২

বফলয়ঃ- ২০-১০-২০২২ তাবযখে প্রধানভন্ত্রী ভৎস্য ম্পদ যমাজনায ম্পখক ওখয়বফনাখয অখরাচনা বফলখয় ভতাভত।

Comments of DMF on the Draft Indian Ports Bill 2022

Comments on Draft Coastal Aquaculture Authority Bill_2022

Memorandum to Fisheries Minister WB at his office dated 26.08.2022

Rejuvination of Buriganga River in Chakdaha Block of Nadia District

Dakshin Sundarban Adivasi Matsyajibi Marine Samabay Samiti Limited

02-03-2022 অভ্যন্তরীণ মৎস্যক্ষেত্রে নৌকা নিবন্ধীকরণ চালু করার দাবি মৎস্য মন্ত্রীর নিকট।

02-03-2022 অভ্যন্তরীণ মৎস্যক্ষেত্রে মৎস্যকর্মীদের সরকারি পরিচয়পত্র

28-02-2022 DMF Non-disbursal of identity cards to fishers in the community Development Block of Patashpur I in purbaMedinipur district

19-02-2022 Anomaly in Distribution of MJCC Card

04-01-2021 Complaint regarding encroachment of Dadanpatrabar fish landing centre by construction of bituminous road on CRZ area

13.12.2021 Updation oI Coastal Zone Management Plan 2011 of West Bengal as per CRZ NotiJication of 2019

11.11.2021_Letter to DM S24Pgs for Registration of the proposed ‘South Sundarbans Indigenous Fishermen Marine Cooperative Society Limited’

09.11.2021_Letter to Chairmen, KPT for Request for urgent action regarding the sinking of a fly ash-laden barge in the Hooghly River.

18.08.2021_Letter to Fisheries Minister_for Marine Fishing Ban Period and Livelihood Support to Fishers during Ban Period.

18.08.2021_Letter to Minister in Charge for Withdrawal of accident insurance for fishermen.

18.08.2021_Letter to Fisheries Minister for Application for registration of fishing ‘motoroid non-mechanical’ small boats

16.08.2021_Letter to Fisheries Minister, requesting for appointment

17.06.2021_Letter to MIC fisheries for ensuring minimum wage to the Khoti Workers (East Medinipur)

Letter to Fish Min WB 17-06-2021

11.06.2021_Letter to Add. Chief Secretary, Fisheries dept. for extension of renew Lisence and small new boat Registration.

DMF Letter to Addl Chief Secy Fisheries 11-06-2021

DMF Letter to MLAs 07-06-2021

04.06.2021_Letter to CM and other dept. for Compensation after YASS Cyclone

Letter to CM on Compensation

30.05.2021_Letter to Fisheries Minister for Fisheries Covid Vaccination

DMF Letter to MIC_Fisheries 30-05-2021

23.05.2021_Letter to Bamkim Hazra (Sundarban Bisayak Daptor) for Victory in 2021 West Bengal Legislative Assembly election and taking charge of the Dept.

Letter CM_Post Amphan Habitat Reconstruction Policy

Contact Persons YAAS Cyclone DMF

Review of Election Manifestos of Political Parties

04.05.2021_Letter to Director of Fisheries_Accident Insurence

03.05.2021_Letter to CM for Victory in 2021 West Bengal Legislative Assembly election and massage from CM

03.05.2021_Letter to CM, Congratulatory Note on Victory in Bidhan Sava Election

01.05.2021_Letter to CM, Chief Secretary, Home Secretary_for increase the activies time for Fish Vendors

01.05.2021_Letter to CM for Request to increase the time for purchase and sale of fish during Covid Situation.

DMF letter to CM 01.05.2021

05.04.2021_Letter to Director of Fisheries_Marine Fishing Ban Period 2021

05.04.2021_Letter to DoF(WB)_for Marine Ban Period 2021

16.04.2021_Letter to Additional Chief Secretary, Jalasampad Bhawan_for protect Livelihood of Small Scale Fishworkers

16.04.2021_Letter to Chief Secretary_livelihood of small fishermen while constructing the sea shore at New Digha.

19.04.2021_Letter to EO, Purba Medinipur_for protect Livelihood of Small Scale Fishworkers

27.04.2021_Letter to DM, S24Pgs_for Compensation to Families of Dead and Lost Fisherman

নিউ দীঘায় সমুদ্রের পাড় বাঁধানোর সময় ক্ষুদ্র মৎস্যজীবীদের জীবিকা রক্ষার আবেদন

DMF Letter on boat license renewal – ADF Contai 23-03-2021

09.03.2021_DMF Demand to All Political Party Before Bidhan Sava Election

09.03.2021_Letter to All Political Party Before Bidhan Sava Election

Election Appeal DMF

DMF Comments on Draft NFP 2021

22.02.2021_Letter to Member WBSCZMA Secretary for Coastal Zone Management Plan

22.02.21 Letter to CM for Accident Insurance

22.02.21 Letter to Kolkata Port Trust for compensate damage boats and nets of fisheries in Hooghly Haldi rivers

22.02.21 Letter to Deputy Chairman, Haldia for compensate damage boats and nets of fisheries in Hooghly Haldi rivers

22.02.21 Letter to Fisheries minister, Director of Fisheries for Accident Insurance

18.02.2021_Letter to DM, Tamluk Purba Medinipur for Land use and Development Plan

18.02.2021_Letter to Principal Secretary,Dept. of Envt. for Land use and Development Plan

18.02.2021_Letter to ADM Marine, Contai Division for Land use and Development Plan

18.02.2021_Letter to Chairmen, Digha Sankarpur Development Authority Purba Medinipur for Land use and Development Plan

18.02.21 Letter to Kolkata Port Trust Compensation regarding Damage to Fishing nets and boats of Fishermen by Berge in Hooghly River

18.02.21 Letter to DM, S24Pgs Compensation regarding Damage to Fishing nets and boats of Fishermen by Berge in Hooghly River

20.01.21 Letter to DFO, S24Pgs for Refusal of Bhagabatpur Range Office to receive letter of request for taking deputation

13.01.21 Letter to APCCF Director, SBR CM Arjun Munda FD, Sundarban Enhancement of the rate of Honey

17.12.20 Letter to Director of Fisheries for Sponsoring of benificiaries for KCC under Marine Fisheries Sector

17.12.20 Letter to DM,S24Pgs for Sponsoring of benificiaries for KCC under Marine Fisheries Sector

08.12.20 Letter to CM Demands of Small Scale Fisheries

23.11.20 Letter to Member Secretary, PCB Site visit of the Court Appointed Committee in the matter of DMF Vs.IWAAoI Ors before the National Green Tribunal

23.11.20 Letter to DM S24Pgs, Site visit of the Court Appointed Committee in the matter of DMF Vs.IWAAoI Ors before the National Green Tribunal

20.11.20 Letter to DM KPT Compensation regarding Damage to Fishing nets and boats of Fishermen by Berge

05.11.20 Letter to DM S24Pgs Financial Support to Tiger Victim Families

13.10.20 Letter to DM N24Pgs Financial Support for damaged Fishing boat during Amphun Cyclone

17.08.20 Letter to IWAI, Kolkata Compensation for Damaged Fishing Nets of Fisherman

17.07.20 Letter to Director of Fisheries Govt. ID Card in Inland Fisheries

17.07.20 Letter to Director of Fisheries for KCC

17.07.20 Letter to Director of Fisheries for boat reg, in inland fisheries

07.07.20 Letter to Director of Fisheries Sponsoring of Benificiaries for KCC under Marine Fisheries Sector

22.07.20 Letter to Director of Fisheries Regarding raising Fuel price

22.07.20 Letter to CM Regarding raising Fuel price

17.07.20 Letter to Fisheries Minister for boat reg, in inland fisheries

07.06.20 Letter to Principal Secretary Director of Fisheries Request to grant more time to collect reports of damages and losses sue to Amphan Cyclone

16.03.20 Letter to IWAI Urgent action Ship Sank in Hooghly River

16.03.20_Letter to KPT Urgent action Ship Sank in Hooghly River

16.03.20_Letter to PCB Urgent action Ship Sank in Hooghly River

16.03.20_Letter to CM Urgent action Ship Sank in Hooghly River

16.03.20_Letter to DM, S24Pgs Urgent action Ship Sank in Hooghly River

16.03.20_Letter to Fisheries Minister Urgent action Ship Sank in Hooghly River

20.01.20 Letter to PM, of Bangladesh for release Indian small scale fisherman

20.01.20 Letter to Minister, External Affairs, India for release Indian small scale fisherman

20.01.20 Letter to High commisionar of Bangladesh for release Indian small scale fisherman

07.01.20 Letter to Fisheries Minister for Threat of eviction of Sagar Sangam Matsyajibi Khoti

07.01.20 Letter to DM, S24Pgs for Threat of eviction of Sagar Sangam Matsyajibi Khoti

07.01.20 Letter to Director of Fisheries for Threat of eviction of Sagar Sangam Matsyajibi Khoti

07.01.20 Letter to CM for Threat of eviction of Sagar Sangam Matsyajibi Khoti

10.11.19_Letter to Fisheries Minister_For Financial Support after Bulbul Cyclone

18.10.19 Letter to Hon_ble Deputy High Commisioner of Bangladesh, Kolkata_for fishing communities Scurities of Livelihood on Border with Bangladesh

18.10.19 Letter to Minister of Fisheries for fishing communities Scurities of Livelihood on Border with Bangladesh

18.10.19 Letter to CM_for fishing communities Scurities of Livelihood on Border with Bangladesh

26.09.19 Registration of Inland Fishing Boats_Minister for fisheries

26.09.19 Registration of Inland Fishing Boats_Director, Fisheries Dept.

DMF Submission on Draft NMF (R & M) Bill 2019

DMF Comments on the Draft National Policy on Mariculture 2019

Aquaculture Letter to Secretary 2019

25.03.19 Letter to Fisheries Minister_for adequate deployment of fisheries Extension Officer (FEOs) with proper allocation of job

22.01.19 Letter to Director, Sundarabn Biosphere Reserve_Complaint regarding Application for new BLC

22.01.19 Letter to DM, S24Pgs_Complaint regarding Application for new BLC

17.08.18 Letter to P C C F Officer_for urgent return for detension BLC, Permit fishing equipments

17.08.18 Letter to Tiger project officer, STR for Rescue BLC, Permits Fishing Instruments

17.08.18 Letter to district magistrate for urgent return for detension BLC, Permit _ fishing equipments

17.08.18 Letter to divitional forest Officer_for urgent return for detension BLC, Permit fishing equipments

Submission of comments on the draft National Forest Policy 2018

5.12.2017_Letter to WBSCZMA for Draft Coastal Zone Management Plan related Public Hearing

DMF Memorandum GST – 7 August 2017

Comments on SDG Indicators – MoSPI 05-04-2017

Submission to WB Fisheries Department next five years plan

DMF Submission on 3rd Draft Statement on National Policy on Marine Fisheries 2016

DMF Submission_Draft Notification S.O. 1705(E) 2016

DMF Submission on GIR Bill 2016

Objections on the proposed amendments to CR Z2011 notification

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