The National Fish Workers Forum has opposed free trade agreements and foreign direct investment in retail trade and the fisheries sector. The forum demanded that fish workers be consulted before any trade agreement involving the fisheries sector was signed.
The Tata Mundra project is a 4,000-megawatt coal power plant under construction in India. It is partly funded by the World Bank.
Ambitious efforts to reform the World Bank's energy lending policy – expected to be completed in mid-July – have stalled. The two main sticking points are centered on loans for coal-fired plants and the reporting of greenhouse gas emissions, observers say.
Two years ago the World Bank launched a review process of its "Energy Sector Strategy" in the face of pressure from the United States, Europe and advocacy organizations over the bank's coal lending in developing countries.