GBOA hopeful of scheme for barge crew


With the state government coming out with a couple of schemes to assist those affected over the closure of mining activities in the state, a large number of crew working onboard barges are also likely to get a monthly package, as the state government is reportedly working out the modalities of a financial scheme for these crew members.
The Goa Barge Owners Association (GBOA) has demanded that the state government make provision for waiving the interest on loans taken to build and constructing barges. A proposal has also been forwarded to the state government in the interest of the barge crew on similar grounds as that of mining truck owners, which would help hundreds of crew members who are presently idle as barges have been idle and moored since the stop to mining activities.
According to information from GBOA treasurer, Mr Chandrakant Gawas, there are hundreds of crew members who have been rendered jobless due to the closure of ore transportation through barges.
Mr Gawas said, “Due to the stoppage of mining activities, the financial condition of the barge industry and crew has been badly affected. Hundreds of crew is presently unemployed.” He stated further that the education of their children has suffered severely. He informed that the GBOA members had talks with the Power Minister, Mr Milind Naik, over the issue and said that Mr Naik said that he was positive of a nod from the government in making available a scheme for the barge crew. Mr Gawas informed that Mr Naik said a proposal would be forwarded to the Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Parrikar, seeking a scheme for barge crew.  [NT]