Margao: Leader of Opposition Digambar Kamat on Tuesday sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s immediate intervention in bringing back 7,000 to 8,000 Goan Seafarers stranded on various ships across the globe.
A statement from his office said, he said he had sent an email consisting of details of almost 199 Cruise Ships which were at various locations with almost 22,473 Indian Seafarers onboard to the Prime Minister.
”Digambar Kamat has communicated to the PM that as per the information available almost 21,000 plus Indian Seafarers out of which 7000 to 8000 are from my State Goa are stranded on almost 196 merchant ships across the globe, due to the outbreak of COVID-19. He has also enclosed a Chart showing details of various Cruise Ships with names of the Shipping Company, their current location, Number of Indian Crew members and other details compiled collecting information from Goan Seafarers Association, family members of the Seafarers and others which will help the Indian authorities to track the Seafarers,” the statement said.
”Leader of Opposition has brought to the notice of the Prime Minister about the immense contribution of the Seafarers to the economic growth and foreign exchange earning of the Country and particularly Goa,” the statement added.
The opposition as well as family members of the seafarers have requested Chief Minister Pramod Sawant to facilitate their return. The chief minister has said that the state government was in the process of creating quarantine facilities for those who return to Goa but added that the decision of repatriation of the seafarers would be take by the union government.