Thursday, August 18, 2011

Government to Introduce New Welfare Schemes for Seafarers

The Government is considering to introduce the following measures for the welfare of the seafarers:

(i) The Monthly Ex-gratia Monitory Assistance (MEMA) Scheme operated by the Seamen`s Welfare Fund Society (SWFS) is proposed to be reinforced.

(ii) Introduction of a contributory Annuity Scheme for the seafarers.

The proposed welfare schemes for the seafarers have been discussed with the stakeholders in the meetings of the National Welfare Board of Seafarers (NWBS) and are being finalized.

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