- By Sagar Shere April 10, 2020
The Chief Minister of Goa Pramod Sawant has assured a delegation of seafarers that the state government is working closely with the Prime minister office and the Union Home and External Affairs Ministry to get the stranded seamen back home.
The seafarers are impressed upon the Chief Minister to implement and execute the action plan on priority before the situation on the cruise ships turns critical for want of action. After a meeting with the CM and Commissioner NRI Affairs Adv Narendra Sawaikar, the seafarers said Pramod Sawant explained how the government has been in touch with the PMO’s office, Ministry of Home Affairs and External Affairs Ministry to find a solution to the issue.
President of the Goan Seamen Association of India (GSAI) Frank Viegas said, “The CM will unveil the government’s action plan on Tuesday, right from the time the stranded seafarers are brought from the foreign countries till they are quarantine back home. The Chief Minister has been positive on the early return of the seafarers.”
The seafarers also took up the issue of seafarers pension, drawing the attention of the Chief Minister to the six-month wait by the retired seafarers and widows to receive the same. GSAI founder president Dixon Vaz said though the CM has given assurances and promises, the time has now come to act.
“Just five minutes ago, I received a call from the wife of a seafarer on board a cruise liner informing that her husband has been taken to a hospital because of respiratory problems. We had warned that such a situation will arise on certain ships. The government should accord priority to such ships and get the stranded seafarers back immediately,” he added.