Mumbai police acts against official of National Union of Seafarers of India

2022-09-01 14:51:53 Sea Farers News

Mumbai police has registered an FIR against  an official of the National Union of Seafarers of India (NUSI) for allegedly siphoning off money collected in the name of provident fund, social allowance and welfare funds from the salaries of 1.6 lakh Indian seafarers working on foreign ships.

Instead of spending the money on sailors’ welfare, the accused allegedly used it for personal gain. The union is also accused of depositing welfare and provident funds of seafarers with a private trust and not with the government of India, the police complaint stated.

The general secretary of the Union and others have been booked in Rs 10 crore cheating case, the police was quoted by local media reports.

The fraud amount may increase as the investigation progresses.

According to the police complaint, foreign shipping companies hire Indian seamen via manning agents to work on their ships. NUSI, which has an office in Ballard Estate, is associated with International Transport Workers Federation (ITF). The seafarers who work on cargo ships get their salaries as per the rules laid down by ITF and International Maritime Employers’ Council (IMEC) and the deduction from their salaries is done as per the laws of their respective countries.

As per the FIR, the office bearers of NUSI for the past many years allegedly deducted  Rs  2,500 as provident fund, social allowance and welfare funds from the salary of 1.6 lakh Indian seafarers working on foreign ships by violating various rules and regulations.

The police complaint alleged that the accused siphoned off the money by keeping the thousands of seafarers in dark.

NUSI was deducting Rs2,500 per month from the salaries of seafarers under the pretext of social allowance and was depositing the same with the NUSI-ITF Trust, which as per the complaint, is a private trust established by NUSI.

“NUSI also deducts 48 US dollars from the salaries of seafarers under the name of training support, employment promotion fund and NUSI welfare scheme. But it is seen that this money was also siphoned off by the accused

The police have registered the case after carrying out a preliminary inquiry and finding substantial material to lodge a criminal case in the matter.


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