: The Goan Seamen Association of India (GSAI), a seafarers’ body, stated that it had made a representation to the Union government two years ago to issue Indian Continuous Discharge Certificates cum Seafarers’ Identity document (CDCs) to seafarers with experience.

Michael Beny DaCosta, GSAI secretary, said on Wednesday in a press release that he had to disclose this in view of a similar demand made recently by the National Union of Seafarers of India (NUSI) stating that they were making a similar request to the government. NUSI had further stated that it had made a strong representation on this matter.

He said that this was a long pending issue which was to be taken up with G.K. Vasan, Minister for Shipping and Transport.

A representation had also been made to all the MPs of Goa, the former Chief Minister Digambar Kamat and to the current Chief Minister Manohar Parikar.

A delegation led by vice-president of GSAI Frank Viegas had held discussions with Captain James Braganza and Engineer Octavio Rodrigues of the Captain of Ports, Goa, Admiral John D’silva and Goa NRI Commissioner's Office about this issue for guidance.

“The GSAI was glad to know that the NUSI has started to work for the welfare of seafarers,” said Mr. DaCosta, and advised the NUSI to look into the affairs of retired seafarers issue which they said the union had forcefully taken up with the National Welfare Board of Seafarers.

The GSAI, which has a strength of more than 7,000 members, will work for the seafarers’ rights, asserted Mr. DaCosta.