Seafarers' unions asked to look into fraudulent deduction accounts

September 02, 2022 | 06:17 AM IST

Seafarers unions asked to consider fraudulent deduction accounts

Group Herald

Margao: Taking strict notice of the felony case brought against the officers of the National Union of Seafarers of India (NUSI), who are accused of embezzling more than Rs 10 crore of savings money and bonuses Social and Welfare Fund contributions of 1.6 thousand seafarers participating in flagships overseas, the Directorate of Ordinary Delivery in Mumbai has directed all carriers, seafarers' unions and associations to fully consider their accounts. accounts, and report back with any inconsistencies they discover.

Mumbai Police has registered a case below Sections 409 (Felony of Breach of Faith) and 420 (Dishonesty) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) mainly based on Criticism leveled by the Secretary of the Federation of Seafarers of India to Mata Rambhai Ambedkar Marg Police Station. The case has been referred to the Financial Offenses Wing (EOW) of the Mumbai Police for further investigation. “The directorate has taken note of the alleged seafarers’ wage deduction and has never been deposited in SWES/SPFO/tipping monies by shipowners which may be contrary to the supply of MS Act 1958 as amended, notices/circulations and MS orders issued,” mentioned in the round issued by the Directorate Normal delivery on Thursday.

Deputy Ordinary Director of Delivery Ashish Sinha has directed all seafarers’ associations and unions and all carriers who are not members of any affiliation and ship management companies to look into their accounts and ascertain Whether deductions toward SPF and SWF were made and transferred to SPFO and SWFS, along with details of gratuity contributions made.

In addition, associations were required to test seafarer fundraising in contravention of the provisions of Part 97 of the MS Act of 1958 as amended.

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