Union Minister of State for Road
Transport & Highways, Shipping and Chemical & Fertilizers, Shri Mansukh L Mandaviya announced
13 September 2018 that the number of seafarers in the country has increased by
over 60,000. He said, while only about 92, 000 people were engaged in ship
related jobs, their number has gone up to 1,54,000 now according to an official
The Minister said the government has
taken steps to increase employment opportunities for the youth in this sector.
The reforms under this include improving the sea farers examination. He said,
while earlier only one to two per cent applicants could clear the said
examination, with improved curriculum the pass percentage has gone up to 10 per
cent now. This has resulted in more and more young people qualifying for jobs
in the sector.
Shri Mandaviya further said that
rules and regulations have been strengthened for ensuring that students
training to be seafarers get a chance to visit the sea during their training
period. This, he said, will give them better exposure and prepare them well for
jobs in the sector.