Panjim: In an effort to resolve the growing anxiety in the families of over 8000 seafarers stuck on-board ships across the world, Goa Chief Minister Dr Pramod Sawant has informed the media that the government has come up with a three-phase approach to bring the seafarers back home.
The three-phase approach revealed by the Chief Minister is to first handle seafarers already at Indians ports. The second phase would be seafarers on board ships in Indian deep sea and after that the rest of the seafarers in other counties will be handled.
“Centre has finalised the procedure. Process will be in place in two to three days,” revealed the Dr Pramod Sawant.
The Chief Minster took to Twitter to thank the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi
I humbly thank PM @narendramodi Ji, HM @AmitShah Ji & @mansukhmandviya Ji for their prompt response for resolving the issue of seamen stranded in foreign waters. Govt of Goa reiterates it's commitment to ensure safe return of our people stranded abroad.
— Dr. Pramod Sawant (@DrPramodPSawant) April 15, 2020
This morning, family members of seafarers who are unable to return home due to lock down imposed due to COVID-19 held hunger strike near official residence of Chief Minister Pramod Sawant in the city on Wednesday.
The protesters held placards which read ‘Our Govt is dead, can’t bring our seafarers back’.
However, they were later arrested by Goa police.