Threaten to close down NUSI Academy at Assolna
MARGAO: Goan Seamen Association of India on Thursday resolved to move the High Court of Bombay at Goa on behalf of seamen’s widows and also threatened to close down the NUSI Academy operating at Assolna.
GSAI resolved to file a petition against the Seafarers’ Welfare Fund Society’s decision to stop the ex-gratia payment to retired seamen or their dependants and instead offering a onetime settlement of Rs 12,500.
The SWFS had set 30th September 2018 as the last date for those receiving the ex-gratia to opt for the alternative one time settlement. However GSAI President Franklin D’Costa assured those present that the petition will include even those who have opted for the one time settlement.
He pointed out that a petition on behalf of retired seamen has already been filed before the Calcutta High Court and that is the reason why in Goa it is being filed on behalf of the widows and added that another petition will be filed in another high court.
All seamen working on foreign vessels had certain amount of their salary deducted and that amount along with a contribution from the ship owners was kept in a fund from where the ex-gratia of Rs 200 per month was paid to the retired seamen and following his death an amount of Rs 400 per month was paid to his widow.
Spokesperson of GSAI Dixon Vaz while pointing out that the ex-gratia payment made to retired seamen shows that it was received from NUSI as per the bank accounts said National Union of Seafarers of India has lot of funds including Rs. 4 crore which is the amount of provident fund that has not been collected by seafarers.
Pointing out that the NUSI office at Sal Estate is not working and NUSI hospital at Cuncolim has also stopped he said NUSI is only running the Academy at Assolna because it is a money making venture but with no benefits to Goans.
“NUSI was permitted to construct the premises close to the river only because the institute would help Goans going on board the ship and it was our land that was given to NUSI at a very cheap rate but today 95% of the students there are non-Goan,” he said.