‘Centre to shortly revoke ban on Goan seamen for Indian CDC’

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Panaji: Union Minister of State for Shipping (Independent charge) Mansukh Mandaviya on Wednesday said that the ban by the central government on Goan seafarers for applying to the Indian CDC (Continuous Discharge Certificate) would be lifted soon.

Union Minister of State for AYUSH (Independent charge) and Minister of State for Defence Shripad Naik called on Mandaviya in New Delhi to discuss and come up with positive output as regards the particular issue pertaining to Goan seafarers.

Naik was assured of relief to the Goan seafarers, who had been debarred for five years in accordance to the rule 9(9) of MS (CDC) Rules, 2017 from applying to Indian CDC.

Mandaviya informed Naik that his ministry has already started the said process and assured that the ban will be ended as well as the applications for applying for the Indian CDC would restart newly.

Naik, time and again has taken up the issue pertaining to Goan seafarers with the Centre.

The Goan seafarers, who are already working and have secured jobs for past so many years, would be at ease if this issue is resolved.

The Goan Seamen Association of India (GSAI) had already requested the shipping minister and the Director General of Shipping, to resolve the issue on a priority basis since most of the shipping companies/ port authorities are insisting on having Indian CDC as a mandatory document.

CDC is a document like passport issued by the government of India. CDC is mandatory to work on ships like passport is mandatory for flying by air.