State to submit report on seafarers to PM in 2 days

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Panaji/Vasco: Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Tuesday claimed that state government has informed the Centre that arrangement has been made by the state to quarantine up to 20,000 people including Goan seafarers, who are stranded across the world.

Speaking to media persons, he said the state government will submit a report to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on seafarers issue in two days.

“The state is ready to bring back the sailors. There are enough facilities to keep them under quarantine,” he maintained.

Picture on the seafarers issue will become clear within next two days, the Chief Minister claimed, adding that the state government is in touch with the Prime Minister Office and the Delhi resident commissioner.

Minister for Transport Mauvin Godinho said that decision on bringing back the marooned Goan seafarers will be taken at a cabinet meeting to be held very shortly.

Addressing a press conference at the BJP office in New Vaddem on Tuesday after paying floral tributes to the portrait of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar on his 129th birth anniversary, Godinho said, “The decision on bringing back the stranded seafarers will be taken at a cabinet meeting to be held shortly. The state government is committed to the welfare of the people and those who are in a urgent need during the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic.”

Cortalim MLA Alina Saldanha appealed to the Chief Minister to expedite the process to bring the Goan seafarers back to the state.