Government of India has released its draft policy for the Maritime Sector for general review. The policy has given special attention to the Maritime training.
In his covering note, Mr. DT Joseph, Secretary, Ministry of Shipping has emphasized that Government should be concerned in infrastructure structure with policy making, resource generation and regulation rather than with implementation and day-to-day administration for which the field level officers, agencies and PSUs should be strengthened and left free to manage, improve and develop without interference from any quarter.
Further Mr. Joseph has written ” I am convinced that India has great potential in her ports, ships and seamen. I am convinced that all players in the maritime sector should close ranks urgently and take the maximum advantage from the maritime resources – Nature has endowed us with – for trade, employment and development of India”
The draft policy has a separate chapter for SHIPPING AND MARITIME TRAINING and opens with a point “India at present is ranked 17th Maritime nation in the world. The total tonnage under Indian Flag has remained stagnant since 1996 at around 6 to 7 million GRT. The importance of Shipping can be gauged from the fact that the maritime trade is carried on through the shipping mode. In addition, shipping sector is an important foreign exchange earner; it also offers great potential for employment generation both at home and abroad on board and ashore. The sector needs focused policy support through simplification of procedures and providing cargo support to promote shipping and also to derive benefits of 100% FDI permissibility. ”
The draft policy highlights on the following points with regards to the seafarers:
- Development of Maritime University
- Opening of Examination centers in major cities of the country.
- Efforts to introduce regular pension scheme for seafarers.
- Aggressive Marketing strategies for employing Indian Seafarers abroad.
- Measures to employ ex-Indian Navy personnel in Merchant Navy.