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Oil spill updates: fishermen association seeks compensation  

Mumbai: The fishermen association here on Tuesday sought compensation of Rs 1.20 lakh per fishermen from the state government in the wake of ban on fishing off Mumbai coast to clear oil spill following collision between two ships.

"We have asked the state government to give compensation of Rs 1.20 lakh to 2,000 smaller fishermen and Rs 10,000 to the women selling fish in the city. The incident affected the business of the community and hence they are entitled to compensation," Akhil Maharashtra Machhimar Kriti Samiti, President, Damodar Tandel told reporters here.

The association has demanded compensation of Rs 500 per day for women fishermen for 20 days as they were restricted from selling fishes.

"Smaller fishermen are virtually threatened with starvation as they work and earn on a daily basis. The oil spillage has spelt doom for their trade," Tandel said.

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