Govt working to secure release of 41 Indian sailors stuck in UAE: Sushma

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 10 Jan 2017 08:56:31


NEW DELHI,

Jan 9,

(PTI),

41 Indian sailors employed in four merchant ships in the UAE were stranded in four abandoned ships at Ajman anchorage in UAE. Two of the vessels are leaking and face the danger of sinking

EXTERNAL Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday said Government was working to secure release of 41 Indian sailors stuck in merchant ships at Ajman in United Arab Emirates.


Swaraj also said the Indian Embassy in UAE has been directed to ensure that the sailors get essential supplies, adding efforts are on for their release. As per reports, the 41 Indian sailors employed in four merchant ships in the UAE were stranded in four abandoned merchant ships at Ajman anchorage in UAE and that two of the vessels are leaking and faces the danger of sinking. The owner of the company has allegedly abandoned the sailors who are now struggling for survival.


“We have contacted the Captains of the two vessels, Ship owners, port authorities and the Government. They have essential supplies for next two weeks. We are helping in the settlement of their dues and release of the crew.
“I have asked the mission to ensure that Indian sailors do not suffer for want of essential supplies,” Swaraj tweeted.


The sailors are from Kerala, Maharashtra, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Uttarakhand, Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.


On January 6, Swaraj, responding to tweets calling for rescuing the sailors, had promised to resolve the issue.
Sushma loses cool after man requests for wife’s transfer: SUSHMA Swaraj is known for keeping her cool and responding promptly to people’s grievances, but a request by a Pune-based techie for transfer of his wife from Jhansi Railway division so the couple could live together left the External Affairs Minister livid. “If you or your wife were from my Ministry and such a request for transfer was made on twitter, I would have sent a suspension order by now,” Swaraj tweeted in a tearse response to the request by Smit Raj.


Earlier, Raj, a software engineer, who goes by the handle @smitraj07, reached out to Swaraj requesting her for help to secure transfer for his wife.