SHILLONG, June 15: The growing fish ponds that have catered to the business of the owners as well as the anglers received a setback on Wednesday after the Deputy Commissioner of East Khasi Hills district issued prohibitory orders against organizing competitions without prior permission from the administration.
East Khasi Hills Deputy Commissioner Peter Dkhar in an order issued today stated, “After receiving notice that fish pond owners in East Khasi Hills district are organising fishing competition without permission from the District Administration, any uuthorized fishing competition without prior permission from the district authorities will be punishable under the law”.
No other reasons were cited in the order that prompted the district administration to initiate such an action. There are numerous ponds spread around the district and the state. Some pond owners organised fishing competions where cash prize up to Rs 50 lakh are offered to the winner.
Entry fees varying from Rs 1000 to Rs 3000 are charged from a single angler who comes to take part in the competitions held in different locations.
Few years ago, West Khasi Hills district had banned such fishing competitions due problems that crop up during such events. However, little of that sort has been heard in East Khasi Hills, a reason that baffle the few pond owners. However, the ponds that cater the anglers in the form of a sport have been exempted from the prohibitory order.