Last week 4 Indian Seafarers who were stranded in Iraq returned to India after intervention by PGE Mr M C Luther and Indian Embassy in Iraq. Many seafarers have applied for help in Malaysia , Iran and Dubai. The family of seafarers and International Maritime Federation has informed that PGE and Ministry of External Affairs are extending all the help. This help is much needed to facilitate the safe return of such seafarers stranded in different parts of the globe.
As per some media reports nearly 400 students have been cheated to the tune of INR 8 Crores in the name of Merchant Navy placement at NOIDA.
Capt. Sanjay Prashar, Managing Director, VR Maritime Services Pvt Ltd, has very actively taken up the noble cause of helping such searfarers. He has been in the news for actively fighting against the unauthorised placement agencies.
In a letter written to the office of Directorate General of Shipping and all the stakeholders of the industry, Capt Prashar writes, and we quote:
We request you to have time bound action plan.
a) Ministry of Shipping has one of the best Feedback system and we request for Grievance redressal system which has time bound redressal.
b) E-Migrant program be used for Seafarers.
c) Malaysia, Iran, Dubai, PG, Cyprus are hotbeds for Illegal Trafficking of Seafarers. Jaipur, Lucknow and Kerala Airports seem to be the route. FRRO must be sensitized.
d) Action be taken against Non DG Approved Institute for selling fake dreams and illegal agents for selling death to Seafarers.
e) RPS Agencies as well as Seafarers to be encouraged to buy Pravasi Bhartiya Plus Bima Yogna.
In a telephonic conversation with The Shipping Tribune, Capt Prashar said, “Such evil practices have been in practice for quite some time but they are being unearthed now and we will continue war against such illicit operators who are cheating seafarers”.
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