Govt committed to protect property of seafarers, NRIs: Parrikar

 

 The Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Parrikar on Sunday assured to work towards protecting property of people from the state staying elsewhere including the seafarers and NRIs. He however told that he will have to seek a legal opinion in this regard and take the select committee into confidence.  
 
Mr Parrikar was speaking as the chief guest at the launch of Goa Welfare/Pension Scheme for seafarers at Margao. Under the scheme, each retired seaman would receive a monthly assistance of Rs 2,500 through the NRI commission. However, seaman who is availing monthly benefits of Rs 2,000 under the DSSS would get only Rs 500 under this
scheme.
Mr Parrikar also pointed out that many seafarers face the dilemma of leaving their homes and protecting their properties from being encroached upon with some selling their land to the building lobby at low rates leading to mushrooming of building projects especially in Salcete. He assured the 500-odd retired seamen and their families present at the function that the applications with respect to the scheme would be cleared by May 2013.
“We have received 1500 applications out of which so far 275 have been cleared. In the next two months, all the received applications will be cleared,’’ the Chief Minister promised. He also assured to solve other problems afflicting the
seafarers.  
The Minister for Fisheries, Mr Avertano Furtado disclosed that unlike yesteryears when Goans were mainly working as cooks and stewards, now they have taken up top posts on-board ships. Commending the government, the NRI commissioner, Dr Wilfred M Mesquita said that by launching various schemes, Mr Parrikar has kept his word. The director of NRI, Mr U D Kamat voiced the need to set up a full- fledged office to deal with the problems faced by Goans working on ships and abroad. [TOI]