- By Chezhian Vaiz April 15, 2020
Wife of a Goa seafarer, Gina Pereira sat on hunger strike outside Goa Chief Ministers’ official residence. Supported by a group of seafarers’ family, protesters allege Government is giving empty promises to bring back stranded seafarers back to India.
After waiting outside, the Goa chief minister residence Gina Pereira and other protesters were arrested by Panaji Police and released later.
Demanding immediate action to repatriate the Indian seafarers, Goa opposition leader Digambar Kamat said “seafarers have contributed positively to the economic growth and foreign exchange earnings.” Condemning the police action of arresting the protesters, Digambar further said “instead of showing empathy to the seafarers family, they were taken to the police station.“
Recently a delegation met Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant and urged the government authorities to take action and bring back stranded seafarers. It is estimated that nearly 22,000 Indian seafarers working in foreign cruise ships are unable to return to India.