I am watching the corruption system in Indian and there is no way you can go against it . I am narrating the methods adopted in the system. these are all few samples ……
1) Most of the central government funds kept for development purpose is funded to state government sponsored societies to avoid C&AG audit. After money is routed to societies no one knows the status of funds. World Bank funds and Central government funds are misused in many ways.
2) Tenders are rarly called by government sponsored societies for its societies. Most of the times societies are headed by commissioners at stated level and they park the money as deposits in the banks for commission or they spend money without following any rules.
3)Assets maintained by each societies neither have any accountability nor no one takes care of assets
I am watching the corruption system in Indian and there is no way you can go against it . I am narrating the methods adopted in the system. these are all few samples ……
I am with you i am also against baribe.So how do we stop all this things.
The D.G.of Shipping did recieve Rs:12.64 crores during the year 1975-1980 from foreign shipping company's,being the differential of wages,this backpay was not given to those seafarers instead, this amount was used to start the Seafarers Welfare Fund Society.
This SOCIETY'S STAFF'S are enjoying all the facility's and benefits like,medical,loan,pension and so on.
And their job is to create new schemes to show false accounts and mislead the Retired Seafarers and their families.
The on-going Seafarers of our country should join together to implement a Pension scheme or else they are also going to be taken for a ride by their Unions,and Shipping company's.
Most of the Indian Seafarers are afraid that they may lose their jobs,and this is what the Company's and Unions want,they believe that the Seafarers being stranded all over this country will find it difficult to gather together,but believe me a time will come when the N.M.B.and its board memers will have to give a detailed account to the Retired and on-going seafarers of India
Petition Posted By: Chandran Peechulli on:5/3/2008 10:36:08 AM
CASE STUDY FOR AWARENESS
URGENT please URGENT please URGENT please URGENT please.
Ms. Kiran Dhingra, I.A.S., The Director General of Shipping, “ Jahaz Bhavan ” Walchand Hirachand Marg, M U M B A I – 400 001.
Re: Gopal Chandra Paul, CDC No.CL 41041. MMD Kolkata Ltr.Ref:Nil, Dt.23-04-2008. Redressal for the Plight of a seafarer. Matter:Urgent.
Subject: Neglect ion of genuine request, of a seafarer. Calls for human touch of sympathy, to a seafarer lifted from a sunken vessel “M.V.Faiz”,after three days, who lost his original documents, for no fault of his. It appears, he has been harassed and humiliated, at this critical juncture, needing sympathy for replacement of his lost COC, despite he full filling formalities of the prescribed format of revalidation, medical certificate from DGS approved doctor, Xerox copies of passport, CDC, and with requisites for proof of evidence to have been serving on the sunken vessel etc. etc. as advised by MMD Kolkata: i.e. affidavit endorsed by the Metropolitan Magistrate and Registrar, Calcutta, Paper-cutting of the news of sunken vessel, letter endorsing the incident by Indian Coast Guard, with proof of the said drowned seafarer, up-lifted from deep seas, letter from the shipping company, Payment of Rs.2500(Rupees Two Thousand five hundred collected as Revalidation fee etc. etc. .
Please note that the said individual Mr. G.C.Paul, had obtained dispensation thrice from the office of the Directorate General Shipping of a superior rank MEO NCV Class III, for serving as Second Engineer, while holding MEO NCV Class IV and been successfully sailing diligently with utmost responsibility, since 1974.. He has to his background 34 years of rich sea service, particularly on Engine Room Watch keeping duties, unlike many to my knowledge who of lesser exposure/caliber, (those with fishing vessel experience and ratings on merchant navy vessels) were been given MEO NCV Class III directly, on the strength of Sea-Going Engine Driver Certificate of Competency. Seamen without good contacts or influence have to suffer with such discrimination and unfairness.
This explicates, Mariners who have entered your department forgets easily their past days of hard life at sea, when unites with the bureaucrats, lives with ego, without fear of the almighty god, nor their own conscience, otherwise their conscience should have pricked, thus lives without a human touch, applies discrimination and application of unfair practice. It appears still the Marine Surveyors, handles seafarers in MMD in a lighter vein, by resting the assessment with the ministerial staff, under them.
May I personally request you, to please come, to the rescue of this financially distressed starving family, owing to his unemployment, for want of the mandatory COC, for him to re-join work on ship and feed his dependants? Kindly consider issuing a duplicate certificate of competency MEO NCV Class IV held by him since Jan. 2003, at your earliest and oblige, for which the genuine maritime fraternity would be grateful and indebted to you and your shipping directorate.
Dr.Chandran Peechulli, Ph.D; FIE(I), Managing Editor & Publisher “Marine Waves” Corporate Member “Chennai Press Club” Ex.Chief Engineer(Marine).
Alas, the seafarer provided with the replacement certificate (30-05-2008)to join ship. Took six long months of unemployment. CASE STUDY
Silence is never been an option for concerned Citizens
Dr.Chandran Peechulli, Ph.D;FIE(India) PO Box 5006, Chennai.
Seafarers genuine grievances going undressed.
Blog Posted By: Chandran Peechulli on:6/13/2008 6:50:42 AM
Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.
— THOMAS JEFFERSON, former US President.
"In an age where communication is considered matching almost the speed of light, the means of communication is not therefore as important as the content of our communication. Some of the content of our communication can sometimes create animosity and hatred between communities, as in the recent incident in Maharashtra state. The need therefore for a wider spectrum of thinking, in broader sense. What we need to focus on is "content that can empower the people of this country", "Information Empowers", with Empowerment there is progress. "The Right to Know is inherent to the freedom of expression" "The RTI Act
has proved to be a progressive instrument of democracy, empowering citizens to obtain official documents with ease and have access to government record without having to pay bribe, and to ensure accountability on the part of the government official." there was a dire need to implement the RTI in letter and the spirit, if the country is to be saved from corruption and tyranny.
"Media accountability must encourage true democratic participation of social responsibility". Media must use and sustain human community in different sections, in a broader spectrum of thinking, such as economic, political, cultural, educational and religious. The information provided by the media is at the service of common good". Press Reporters should not blindly rely on the text provided in the PRESS MEET for publishing. Generally the same are biased/lopsided. "Information about assets and liabilities, criminal and career records of public servants and politicians must be made public on a website". One should learn to be knowledgeable, keeping abreast with their relevant subjects.
The Media has a tremendous role to play. They should publish policies given by the government, for general awareness, for better and quick implementation and paving the way to national progress and development. This will induce the citizens to raise legitimate rights and privilege issues. It will not only awaken the locals but also the officials, to be more productive and not lead a lethargic life. Media must play a positive role without bias and prejudice,
since it is a vehicle for bringing in good and better governance. Seafarers are exploited and deprived of their basic civil rights, they need to be enlightened.Major portion of their life cut off, from the human world. Replacement issue of lost certificate, to a survivor of a sunken vessel, unduly delayed resulting in his un-employment of over six long months, on loss of pay and hence family falling into debts, same taken up by MARINE WAVES with the directorate,
and alas COC delivered on the 30th May 2008, said NCV 2nd Engineer presently employed and now sailing, thank god. Dy. Chief Surveyor informs that the delay was owing to formalities in the process of issuing certificate. Seamen without good contacts or influence have to suffer with such unworthy discrimination and unfairness, depriving of their citizen rights.
• While an active seafarer on his hard-earned leave, suppose to be with his near and dear ones ashore, has to plan and prioritise his essential needs, to run to various offices i.e.
• Passport Office - for renewal of passport. Agency can be availed.
• R.T.O. for renewal of his Motor Driving Licence - do -
• U.S.Embassy for US Visa. Systematic, well organised.
• M.M.D.Services: Is it a seafarer friendly service?
For renewal of CDC, revalidation of certificates, etc. it is truly a harrowing experience. When a seafarer, is constrained to call at MMD office. Chennai, where the private security deployed, sitting inside the Air Conditioned office, at the entrance (unknown as to whether private security guard officially employed in Govt. MMD offices, to do clerical and reception duties?), said Security Guard turns back the seamen calling at MMD office authoritatively,saying it's Deck Day - only deck personnel will be attended and not Engine Day and vice versa, or TIME is over for the day, all this in the 5 day week work-culture. When asked, as to why security guard performs such jobs? Informs that they are instructed to perform such duty, as per P.O.'s instruction and no one else can enter the department without entering the said register. When asked why that person has not entered the register, pointing out to
a person, informs he is a known person to Surveyors, who regularly visits. Please note that this type of security arrangement noticed after the CBI's crackdown and suspension of Office Superintendent And clerk of MMD, having been caught red-handed for bribery and corruption.
Lean/skeleton strength observed in MMD,Chennai, during the beginning and end of the 5 day work- culture, cause of serious concern, since seafarers calling for MMD services,
coming from far-off places incurring time and valued money on their travel, boarding, lodging and incidental expenses, more painful when they get stuck during the week-end (being away from their family, during their hard-earned leave period on land), no accommodation in Seafarers Club which is being mis-used, worst of all is when the MMD services not offered after the collection of fees, incurring time, effort and money. Hopes shattered with
Undue delay in MMD Services hence doesn't value seafarers' time ashore, therefore the exodus of Indian seafarers preferring to appear for Certificate Of Competency overseas. Undue delay with unwanted unreasonable queries, non-refundable fees, with uncertainties for their reasonable expectations, all this during the count down of hard-earned leave period, is a cause of serious concern. Therefore it is requested that DG Shipping website entertains
seafarers grievances, similar to that of the Dept. of Public Grievances, acknowledging complaint with reference number, followed by timely corrective action to flaws, deficiencies, discriminated injustices etc. By this, the directorate can also feel the real pulse of their foreign-exchange earners,(Indian seafarers) mindset.
Having been invited to attend a seamen's welfare meeting, noticed non-mariners and Fr. Anthony and his followers, are committee members. While, Seafarers are not from any particular caste, creed, religion etc. Hence. suggested to Principal Officer,MMD, Chennai to draw attention of all mariners in the city of Greater Chennai and suburbs to join as members of Seafarers Club, with a nominal annual subscription and such association members could make
it a great success by inter-acting, manage and produce better results, viewing seafarer's real welfare. Progresses do not just come by itself by offering varied assignments to anybody whom one likes, Middlemen's corrupt. Only authorized Govt. staff, need to handle the seafarers and authorised faculty staff in Maritime Institutions, not any Tom, Dick and Harry.
I am paused to think, while surveyors claim shortage and being overworked, why they should be more inclined upon direct management of Seafarer's Club? while it is a house- keeping discipline? Surveyor's should have better assignments to do, for their existence in national maritime administration, attending to the voice of the seafarer's, crying for justice, as in the case of 2nd Engineer Gopal Chandra Paul, who got his COC alas on 30th May 2008,
after this office intervening for a just cause, with the directorate. There are countless cases of trauma, nervous breakdowns, suicides amongst seafarer's family-members, many getting cheated owing to not knowing the prevalence of cheating in city and suburbs etc. "We have no intention to defame anybody directly nor indirectly, as we have no animosity with any specific person or of any department" but for exposing the grievances of seafarers and the probable
causes, for early redressal. If at all unknowingly hurts beyond our knowledge and reach as “err is human”, kindly accept our apologies.
Dr. Chandran Peechulli
Ph.D; MBA; D.Sc; FIE(India), PgDIMS(UK), PgTED; FIIPE; MSEI; MSNAME(USA)
Ex.Chief Engineer(Marine), G.M.(Tech) Crossworld Shipping.
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"The world is mainly of ocean, neither one nation nor one navy, can meet all of the world's maritime challenges. Administrators and seafarers of the world, have to work united in common, since shipping is international, in their respective places with coordinated efforts. Don't we need a place that is secure for all, in this globalised world? "Don't we not understand that the maritime threats to our security are real, such as criminal organizations, threats violations of the fishing grounds, pandemic diseases and piracy," All of us suffer devastating natural-disasters, threat that earthquakes, tsunami, storms, floods and mudslides etc. may impact us.
"Seventy percent of the world is covered by water, 80 percent of the population lives probably within about 100 miles of a coastline, and finally, 90 per cent of the world's trade directly depends on the oceans, the seas, bays, inlands, islands, coastal areas, rivers and even the airspace above them, "The maritime matters; maritime is important. In a globalizing world, it's more important than ever." The national maritime administration (directorate-general of shipping), is found to have their own priorities of vested interests, neglecting to protect the interest of the very high risk contingent of seafarers. Heartlessly, inflicted injuries to a survivor of the sunken- vessel, by causing unreasonable delay, literally denied, holding up issue of COC NCV Class IV; till date of this publication, thereby said seafarer is at mercy, put into hardships of unemployment.
The survivor was picked-up from the sunken vessel, after three long days in deep-seas, by the Indian coastguard. Applaud to the disciplined, committed and dedicated work-force of Indian Coast Guard. Aftermath of the mental and physical trauma, of the survivor, the concerned MMD officials, ought to have behaved in a socially responsible manner, with a human touch, enquiring his welfare but instead harassing and humiliating the Seafarer, NCV 2/ENGR.,Gopal Chandra Paul, inflicting injuries. Such atrocities cannot be tolerated. A good heart can only gauge the unbearable internal pain, starvation owing to un-employment for want of valid COC as held by him earlier. He has all along served as watch-keeper of small and medium vessel's power plant, with vast experience over three decades as watch-keeper, a veteran on coastal/NCV. Fair and Just Policies, towards Justice and welfare to seafarers, turning into a distance dream. Mariners inducted into the department, serving in the directorate general of shipping, knowing very well that nothing will happen to them, even if they intentionally, corruptly ignore fair practice. Remedy of this lies with accountability of the government machinery. Seafarers, look forward for transparent dealing. Owing to discrimination in MMD services, a small section of seafarers derive the benefits while much larger section of seafarers, pay the costs. Many are living silent deaths. If 'curse' has a real meaning, one has to answer for their own deeds. Is there a system in place to protect active seafarers from sailing in war risk area? While in this dynamic, national and international environmental outlook, considering safety and health of seafarers, the challenge to policymakers is to ensure, instilling the best fair practices, in policy and procedures, terms and conditions of employment for both officers and ratings, are comparatively logical, reasonable and fairly on board, domestic and foreign-going vessels. Thus, ensure 'Seafarers' employed by companies experience favourable terms and conditions of employment and this should remain a common concern for respective national maritime administrations and both INSA (Indian National Ship-owners Association) and the relevant unions(RE-UNFAIR Pay-scales in the name of non-promotional categories, while a floating staff engineer thrown out of service, like a fish out of water, from a government of India enterprise(SCI), for no fault of his but for blood-pressure (H.T.), in 1994, was neither awarded medical disability nor VRS nor a fair final settlement of accounts, as yet. High time a feasibility study for outsourcing, "services to seafarers", may be considered News of Fake CDC's(Continuous Discharge Certificate), in Bombay open market : A CDC (Continuous Discharge Certificate) is an identification document, a seaman needs to sail. It is issued by the Shipping Ministry through the Directorate-General of Shipping to those who have cleared the pre-sea and STCW course examinations from an authorized institution of the directorate general shipping. Bombay Police have always been efficient to track fake CDC's, from 1980's in the open market, now and then, which was on the news, particularly surrounding the "Jahaz Bhavan" at Walchand Hirachand Marg, (wherein housed the office of the directorate general of shipping), e.g. opposite GPO, where the off the shelves STCW Course certificates and CDC's were made available for a price, primarily for those seeking employment in gulf countries. Seamen with a CDC and a passport, along with an official letter from the shipping company, can travel abroad or enter the country without a visa. Although the forged CDCs were largely being used by unqualified men to secure jobs on ships, the fact that it also allows entry and exit without a visa, has now set alarm bells ringing at national security angle, owing to the terrorists known these days. It is high time cross reference to entry of CDC, INDOS and passport of seafarers are made, to curtail illegal entry of intruders into the country, and as well for statistical figures of Indian sailors leaving and returning back to their country. It is high time CDC norms were tightened. Free issue of CDC, to those who just undergo short-term course in the name of GMDSS, is another loophole for securing CDC and taking placement in other trades. Directorate declaring 1500 CDC's been issued during the year 2005-2007, under the category of "Purser" explicits corruption within since the figure is unrealistic, while this category is restricted to passenger vessels while in India, hardly few engaged in A&N. All this corruption with connivance of those within MMD. 3 year diploma from the State Board of Technical Education is nevertheless to be considered less than 10+2. As a matter of fact, Diploma – EEE, should have been considered much superior than 10+2, for GMDSS course particularly while pursuing for higher technical studies. The Engineering Diploma holders of the State Board of Technical Education, are eligible for admission into BE/B.Tech. with remission i.e. for Graduation in engineering, approved by the University Grants Commission. Hence, under the circumstances, failing to consider such candidates for GMDSS admission, is a grave injustice Security measures have not been taken into consideration, considering reference co-relating local ration-card, local police verification, passport etc. "Marine Waves" emphasizes "Seafarers to be groomed well during training " to carry the good image of the nation, overseas. Dr.Chandran Peechulli, Ph.D; FIE (India).
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Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high; Where the knowledge is free; Where the world has not been broken-up into fragments by narrow domestic walls; Where words come out from the depth of truth; Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection; Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way into the dreary desert sand of dead habit; where the mind is led forward by thee into ever widening thought and action into that heaven of freedom, my father, let my country awake…. … Rabindranath Tagore Let us not pray to be sheltered from dangers but to be fearless when facing them…. Rabindranath Tagore
The Shipping Industry contributes significantly to the global and sustainable development and prosperity of the maritime nations carrying 90% of the world's trade safely, efficiently and with the least environmental impact and cost, while comparing to all other powered modes of transport.The role of the SEAFARERS, as human element in shipping, plays a vital role. Unlike the traditional seafarers, who had their varied work and life-styles, living on trial and error methods, on their own customary style and systems? Now that, the implementation of the Standard of Training and Certification of Watch keeping (STCW) Convention with updates, ensures that these seafarers are properly educated and trained to meet the needs of safe shipping operations, taking into past experiences. ”Marine Waves” believes in continuous improvement of “ Quality & Safety standards “ by incorporating the Quality (ISO 9001-2000), Environmental Management (ISO 14001), Occupational Health and Safety (OHSAS - 18001) standards and ISM Code requirements which is certified, approved and religiously followed with periodical internal audits on all our Ships and Offices with concern reporting directly to the highest level in the organization.
Acute shortage of SEAFARERS, the human element in shipping, which is responsible for the carriage of over 90 per cent of the world trade, has been a source of concern to even the advanced maritime nations. The periodic studies by specialized maritime labour agencies i.e. BIMCO, ISF and the Seafarers International Research Centre (SIRC) Cardiff University, 52 Park Place, Cardiff, CF10 3AT,Wales, UK.reported, highlighting the anticipated shortage of qualified officers worldwide, while recent studies, according to reports from the International Maritime Organisation's secretariat predicted shortage of around 83,900 earlier to 2015, expressing anguish indicating the problems, which requires urgent solution, as the vessels world-wide must be entrusted to seafarers who are competent in all respects, to sail them in a safe, secure, and efficient manner. INDIA, a maritime nation with abundance of man-power, while restricting unreasonably their supply domestically and global, should cause concern to any enlightened citizen, since the supply has been globally insufficient. The domestic/coastal shipping cries shortage within, to meet their needs and even proposed to employ from overseas, is a poor state of affairs. Such, deliberatively created shortages, are pathways to rampant corruption, inviting middlemen for underhand dealings to corruption.
While DG approved Maritime Institutions, prepares the candidates to pursue a career in shipping companies or shipping related activities ashore. The Candidates who successfully complete training at such Institutes should be eligible for taking up jobs as navigating officers/Marine Engineers on board any ship sailing anywhere in the world. Access to Higher Maritime Education, is still inadequate, and the Government, therefore, must take measures to expand and diversify the opportunities, for every citizen to benefit from higher-level skills and qualifications – for a career oriented profession with which they can enter the world of work opportunities.
Besides the apparent shortage of supply in some parts of the world, particularly within the traditional maritime countries, there has been reluctance on the part of young people, to choose seafaring as a profession. Those who even decide to make a career out at sea have been reluctant / unwilling to remain at sea to make a successful sea-career, owing to many attractive employment-options ashore, more particularly owing to harassment by examiners of the national shipping administration who are more or less ill conceived not keeping abreast to the times, to match up with the new generation, versed with computer and communication technology, facing the unwanted, unreasonable, illogical and outdated formalities in the Mercantile Marine Department, that consume the valuable time of their hard-earned leave ashore etc. The global shortage of seafarers, has tremendously caused concern to the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and hence began a "go to sea" campaign last year, to attract entrants to the shipping industry. The campaign is still on and it is not yet clear as to how far it can influence the choice of the youths globally to take up challenging career at sea, considering the prevailing lacunae in our own national shipping administration, which being the bottle-neck.
While INDIA a maritime nation, could have made significant and better contribution, with their abundance of man-power, consisting of physically and mentally fit young men and women who are more knowledgeable, English-speaking youth, to take up challenging career at sea as seafarers but situation speaks loud of “unless our system is revolutionized, our country INDIA would end up, having the largest number of hungry, angry, frustrated unemployable youth” since successfully passed out candidates from DG approved Colleges/Institutions/Deemed Universities are shabbily treated in MMD’s of DGS, frustrating them with very poor illogical results, declared by Examiners of MMD. In reality, failure of candidates should be barely negligible (minimum), or else the failed candidates be convinced, of where their weakness lies for improvement, while they are product of DG approved Maritime Institutions. Marine Waves, is focused upon doing service to the voiceless seamen, who are victim of circumstances. “You are where your thoughts have brought you; you will be where your thoughts take you”- regional self-interest in opposition to a global approach, one that demands compromise but has the potential to deliver higher economic benefits to all…. James Allen.
Mariners serving in the office of the DGS and MMD’s, need improved interface with the serving and retired seafarers, if they need to catch up to the day to day times, particularly keeping abreast to the happenings and changes out at sea. Public-Relations (PR) is an extremely important activity which touches every facet of an organization. Greater transparency is an unstoppable force. There is an imperative need for the human side of the industry to raise its voice when confronted by injustice.
Dr. Chandran Peechulli, Ph.D; MBA; D.Sc; FIE(India), PgDIMS(UK), PgTED; FIIPE; MSEI; MSNAME(USA),Ex.Chief Engineer(Marine), G.M.(Tech) Crossworld Shipping.
Managing Editor & Publisher-"MARINE WAVES" International Maritime Newsletter.
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It is for the universities to create knowledge and train minds who would bring together the two, material resources and human energies. if our living standards are to be raised, a radical change of spirit is essential."……………….Dr. S.Radhakrishnan, Ex.President of India
"The greatest thing is not where we stand but of the right thinking approach bagged with all relevant factors, continued efforts of marching ahead from where we were progressing, with a pursuit to excellence"………………….. Dr.Chandran Peechulli.
There is a need for the human side of the industry to raise its voice when confronted by injustice, please view…“ An insight to know better of Shipping Ministry, Government of India “ the DMET ians, prior to 1983 batch, “THE EXAMINERS”, now in Mercantile Marine Department (MMD). Ministry of Shipping. We, from “Marine Waves Trust”, a seafarers welfare body, call upon the egoistic, “Examiners of the Mercantile Marine” belonging to the Office of the Director-General of Shipping, who harass the candidates, to look back into their own veracity, a product of DMET after a School leaving certificate, similar to entry into Fishing vessel engine driver training into CIFNET, Kochi, Chennai and visakh, acquiring trade certificate which prepares them with pre-sea training and trains them for operation and maintenance of vessels (ships) and not a competency degree or diploma of academic standards, to design or manufacture a ship. Though, “work is worship” it is universally known that maintenance job is generally handled by the low graded category, as one has to be physically tough, and not the bright intelligent IITian guys, who opt for a clean job through the JEE merit list, with higher IQ and reflexes. Though they may have slogged their way to be a Chief Engineer like others on ocean going vessels and taken up a shore job, with a stint period out at sea, they should thank god and their predecessors, having been placed as Class One Officer in GOI services without much competition, owing to the unique sea-service experience, since there is not much publicity as well, get elevated by virtue of service to Joint D.G., or Addnl. D.G., and retire in the office of the D.G.S., Ministry of Shipping, Government of India, with after service- benefits, not on the strength of any superior qualification nor long rich relevant experience at sea but doing desk-job conveying documentation, of the IMO conventions. It is obvious that a trade certificate of DMET is not a superior academic qualification for the grade/post held, in the government department of our country; hardly others in any other department of our country can dream off and hence this sorry state of affairs. Hence, the existing situation is not encouraging mariners in general, to enhance their qualification. That’s the reason; we now find under-graduates as Vice/Pro Chancellor Deans, Professors, HOD’s etc. in deemed maritime universities, while on the other hand U.G.C. insists upon PG’s qualifying the N.E.T. entry examination, for appointment as Lecturers, a mandatory criterion, for all teaching jobs in universities and colleges and specialized Doctorates, in the respective field of study, for working as H.O.D.’s / Professors. Please note: Any profession, expects its faculty to have advanced preparation in the discipline, in order to teach the most current content in the discipline.
DMET backed examiners; behave as though fallen from the sky; owing to the enormous powers vested on them and hence harass better qualified candidates owing to inferiority complex. Is this, equality of status and of opportunity; and to promote among all the fraternity, assuring the dignity of the individual and the unity of the nation enshrined in our constitution? Self, being outspoken, made medically unfit to report for duty on ship as an engineer officer, in a Govt. of India enterprise in 1994 and a fair settlement of my final settlement not made as yet by the Shipping Corporation of India, Mumbai, as on date, being a victim of injustice. During these scary days of piracy, a mariner entry DMET ian, now Joint DG of MMD states: fishermen community need to be given preference, as he now realizes, from his stint period out at sea, factor of courage required to work out at sea, much more nowadays owing to piracy menace. The real fact lies ‘of those misfits who left early, working out at sea’, lacks physically, mentally, or some serious domestic problem needing their presence ashore, has left the lucrative salaried (compensated for the risks and sacrifices), they initially compromised as against salary ashore, though with liberal benefits, but shore-based mariners are however much better placed comparing to other non-mariners. We all know, training Institutions have an important place in the development of professional competence, employing mentors and dedicated trainers - to promote practical knowledge and a measure of assurance that best practice is always followed. Therefore, it is high time we instill dedicated training and assessment staff, to view simultaneously seafarer's and shipping company's feedback and ensure that those afloat are keeping up their morale high and operating efficiently, safely etc. Career development is also becoming accepted in the shipping industry, importantly both, as it attempts to recruit and retain the best possible professionals, and to develop better talents, with improved knowledge, realizing better productivity.
Discouraging feedbacks: Mariners in the office of the Directorate General Shipping are not responding to valid exposures of defects and deficiencies. Is it not that, change not necessary deemed purposefully, egoism for neglecting, which was in bad faith? said through the editorials of “Marine Waves”? Is it, that we can see real signs of rejuvenation, by merely opening up an Indian Maritime University? While the need is for a positive, proactive and professional approach to education, training and career development, I am not very clear of DGS Notice No.11-TR(18)/2004-II dated 27th April, 2009 Re-Affiliation of Maritime Training Institutes, which states:- Affiliation of private institutes with the IMU is not mandatory. The institutes which are affiliated with other universities will continue to be recognized by DGS. Why not under the same umbrella of IMU under one fold, as a whole, for ensuring uniformity in quality of maritime education imparted, standardization of reasonable course fees and value etc. to reach out to the candidates on pure merit, who are physically and mentally fit to work on the high hard seas? Ref: May issue of “Marine Waves”. As we progress into the crucial middle of 2009, these questions keep taunting and hurting the sentiments of any good citizen, who really wished to contribute to national development. Was it not to resist and protect a section of bad elements from scrutiny over the whole affairs? Was this not a discouraging factor to those who really wanted to contribute for the national development?
Why don’t such egoistic. MMD Surveyors be committed and morally responsible for all the Indian vessels detained overseas for technical reasons? As an examiner of MMD, in the grade of Joint D.G., who stoops so low, to ask all the maritime institutions and companies to stop sponsoring or promoting “Marine Waves” for any advertisements? What a heartless, sinful and cheap act? If he a true professional, should have been competent to answer/justify for all the expositions made through the editorial content of “Marine Waves”, which is itself a clear case of incompetence/ ‘Abuse of powers’. It’s high time they are stripped of unwanted excessive powers, which they don’t deserve with any regret for their karma. They carry more grumbling abuses and curses, for harassing and humiliating innocent candidates appearing for Viva Voce of MEO Class IV, MMD Exam., after their 4 year B.E. (Marine Engineering Degree), followed which the stipulated sea-service, for an entry level exam. Parents/Guardians expect their wards to turn out as professionals in pre-determined time, having availed Educational Bank- Loan for Professional Degree Course, paying large sum of fees, i.e. for the extensive period of their study and thereafter the stipulated initial period of their sea-service, for eligibility to appear for the Certificate of Competency. In reality, failure of candidates should be expected to be barely negligible (minimum), or else be justified, for the candidate to be convinced, of where their weakness lies for improvement. Otherwise, there is certainly some lacunae elsewhere. Engineering qualification is not a thing of simply acquiring informative knowledge. It requires continuous and intensive practice and training during the educational programs. Examiners, of MMD, has to be a role model, need to be theoretically and practically sound. Experience alone do not cover overall branch of engineering but limited to cover only the areas in which they happen to work. Inexperienced faculty often think in terms of their own teaching when the emphasis should be on student learning – a critical distinction.
Please note, there are many who holds similar Certificate of Competency (COC), in private institutions, companies, etc. with job in-security, who have acquired higher qualifications or kept abreast with the times on their subject, with long rich relevant experience, they behave like gentleman, since they have worked-out on their toes for many reasons, to keep up to the competitiveness of the ever competing world of business. For e.g. How many Captains can be compared to Captain Vivekananda, who kept marching to progress from NIPM, to AMET and to VELs, with a specialized institutional management-outlook, hardly smiles, a true disciplinarian, veteran, real marine-professional, interacting with national shipping administration, shipping companies, international relations with maritime colleges overseas, co-institutes, student-parent-tutor relations, etc., a true disciplinarian, to groom the budding officers to be fully committed and responsible officers, for their own, to the nation and to the world at large, whereas the person who followed, brought a strategy of picking award from abroad to exhibit as a marketing strategy (attracting candidates for admission and for placement), since he couldn’t improve the established quality of training imparted but for viewing only in the commercial angle.
We also find (Mariners) tutors, hopping from one employment to the other and that’s why, I was advocating the induction of tutors in maritime institutions, to be those who have the real teaching aptitude, who could stick and specialise. Inexperienced faculty often think in terms of their own teaching when the emphasis should be on student learning – a critical distinction. Certificate Of Competency alone cannot be rested, as the only factor, DMET ian thinks in a short-sighted manner, to determine the suitability for teaching but for restricting to the demonstration of skills in operation and maintenance. Is there a check by the national shipping administration, monitoring the faculty list as to whether they really and physically exist? But for meeting DGS requirement norms, in documentation only? What is required is a fair, reasonable and just regulatory approval of mechanism deployed. Administration should promote good governance and that it should be citizen-centric.
As a social activist, responsible member of “Marine Waves Trust”, corporate member of Chennai Press Club, viewing seafarers welfare, it is my endeavour to make a wider coverage with the deepest analysis and the sharpest insights of areas, where the seafarers are made to suffer, by exposing the loopholes and concealed facts, viewing and producing solutions, for timely corrective actions, which is my priority since the seafarers live with risks and sacrifices, on ocean-going vessels doing hazardous jobs out on the deep seas. Being in the world shipping trade, they earn substantial foreign-exchange to their country of origin. What does the country give back to them(seafarers), in welfare or compensation of return? Secularism alone is nothing while compromising with quality of administration, which is not good for a sovereign democratic republic country, that of ours.
Dr. Chandran Peechulli, Ph.D; MBA; D.Sc; FIE(India), PgDIMS(UK), PgTED; FIIPE; MSEI; MSNAME(USA),Ex.Chief Engineer(Marine), G.M.(Tech) Crossworld Shipping.
Managing Editor & Publisher-"MARINE WAVES" International Maritime Newsletter. www.themarinewaves.com
While this is not a complaint of any sort, this is essentially an eye opener for general seafarers applying for various certificates at MMD chennai.
Recently, I had the unfortunate experience of applying for the tanker endorsement at MMD chennai.
1. Applications are accepted only on tuesdays and thursdays in a week from morning 10 to 12.
2. It takes three working days for processing of application!
3. Submit on thursday, you get the certificate on following tuesday. If you submit on tuesday, you get it on thursday.
4. For collection of certificate, you have to come to MMD at 10 in the morning and remind the clerk that you are there.
5. On seeing your face and receipt, the clerk takes the form out - which was submitted 3 working days back ( 'Working on your application starts only now.)
6. You are asked to come at 4 in the evening to collect the certificate.
7. At 4pm when you go to collect the certificate, you are asked to paste the photo and then issued with one copy.
By the time you get your certificate it is 5 pm!!!
In todays world of advancement in communication and computerisation, where in countries you get these jobs done in hours, this is plight of a simple tanker endorsement!!
Revalidation of paper certificate:
Another information which I have come to know is of the revalidation certification of CoC
it takes 45 days for getting the new format of certificate from MMD if your old COC is the paper format.
Meanwhile, there is no way to check the status or when the coc is ready!!!
You are not sure on what is happening to the same.
This is to bring to the notice of the respectable Principal Officer that rules and regulations are always there to be followed.
One aspect which is the inherent quality of good leader is innovation and customer friendly system.
Rules and regulations are made by your self sir!
Kindly do the needful to make the system work better for every one.
With high hopes of a prosperous India under the bright leadership and law abiding citizens,
ABOUT MY INDIAN CDC.FIRST OF ALL IN JULY 1999 I HAD ENQUIRE ABOUT INDIAN CDC AND I GOT ANSWER FROM MMD MUMBAI THAT I HAVE TO DO I.T.I. THAN I DID WELDING I.T.I FOR ONE YEAR AND APPLIED FOR INDIAN CDC IN AUGUST 2000 BUT APPLICATION IS REJECTED FROM 1ST COUNTER BECAUSE THEY NEED TWO YEARS I.T.I OK MY ONE YEARS AND MONEY WASTED…
THAN I DIDNT LOSE HOPE AND I DID TWO YEARS FITTER I.T.I. AND APPLIED AGAIN IN OCTOBER 2002. AND I GOT ANSWER THAT THE SCHEME OF ISSUING CDC ON I.T.I IS CLOSED FOR SOME TIME.IT WILL START.THAN I WAIT FOR THAT SCHEME AND FINALLY I GOT ANSWER THAT NOW PRE-SEA TRAINING IS COMPULSARY BEFORE AGE OF 20 AND I CROSED THE AGE LIMIT.THAN I DECIDED TO WAIT TILL RULE COME IN MY FAVOUR AND START GETTING PRARACTICAL EXPERIENCE AND WORKED IN MUMBAI DOCK SAUDI SHIPYARD AND DUBAI DRY DOCK. FINALLY I GOT CHANCE TO SAIL ON PANAMA CDC AND I START MY SEA CAREER ON PANAMA THAN IN 2008 WHEN I WAS ONBOARD THE RULE IS AGAIN CHANGED AND PRE-SEA TRAINING AGE LIMIT EXCEED FROM 20 TO 25 AND TILL I CAME AND APPLY I CROSSED THAT 25 AGE ALSO……………..HAHAHA I AM LAUGHING ON MY SELF
TILL NOW I DID MY 42 MONTH OF SEA TIME AS FITTER BUT STILL WAITING FOR INDIAN CDC AND IT'S MYSTEREOUS SCHEME BY WHICH I CAN GET INDIAN CDC I DONT KNOW TO WHOM I HAVE TO BLAME FOR ALL THESE THINGS FOR UN CO-OPERATIVE SYSTEM OF MMDOR MY LUCK??? IF MY LUCK DOESN'T COOPERATE ME THAN IT IS REALLY NOT POSSIBLE TO SAIL NOW A DAYS WITH PANAMA CDC.
THE MAIN POINT IS THE PEOPLE WHO IS INTERESTED IN SAILING AND HAVE ABILITY FOR THEIR RANK NOT GETTING PROPER DOCUMENTS. ATLEAST THE PEOPLE WHO IS NOT INTERESTED IN SAILING BUT HAVE CDC THE GOVT CAN REPLACE THEIR CDC WHILE RENEWAL IF THERE IS NO STAMP OF SAILING AND ISSUE SUCH KIND OF PEOPLE. OR ISSUE SOME EXP.CDC.
Any Questions: moc.lanoisseforpemitiram|troppus#moc.lanoisseforpemitiram|troppus for Your News. INDOS comes as a boon for Indian seafarers. by Joseph Fonseca Jun 06, 2011, 2:29PEST The Indian National Database of Seafarers gives a leg up to seafarers At long last Indian seafarers who have acquired their certificates of competency (COC) from the Directorate General of Shipping (DGS), Government of India can have their authentic record on the official website of the DGS which is accessible to the shipping trade and others concerned in any part of the world. Henceforth, shipping companies, manning agents and other firms who are approached by seafarers for employment can check the status and veracity of the documents produced by them as well as their validity by logging onto the DGS website. The Indian National Database of Seafarers (INDOS) the computerized national data base, has been set up(When?) primarily to help facilitate regulatory authorities and employers of seafarers to have a quick reference and at the same time to prevent the use of fraudulent certificates. The system also provides the details of changes if any, in the COC status taking place from time to time and update real time INDOS database of the concerned Indian / foreign nationals holding COCs granted by the Indian government. The INDOS can be accessed from the website: www.dgshipping.com. * intentions were good, whether competent to put it into practice?
According to an official of the Indian administration, presently 2,84,337 persons have registered with INDOS. These, cover the following categories of seafarers / persons:- * Why no control exercised during issuing stage itself for an INDOS No.?
1) All persons including foreign nationals who hold a COC granted by the Indian government;
2) All persons including foreign nationals who undergo modular courses in India approved by the DGS under the STCW 78 / 95;
3) All Indian nationals who possess Indian continuous discharge certificate (CDC) i.e. those who hold a valid Indian passport and an Indian CDC;
The cell issuing the INDOS number to the seafarer has been doing so on-line after the change-over took place from manual to electronic mode recently. Those registered belong to 12 different categories including nautical officer, engineer, polyvalent certificated officer, deck crew, engine crew, catering department (saloon rating), G. P. crew, medical officer, electrical / electronic officer, foreign national CDC with sea service, fitter / purser, etc. and also non-seafarers. (Does this make sense, while INDOS, is Indian National Database of Seafarers.
The cell also carries out verification of certificates received from foreign administrations. So far the certificates verified include COC (deck & engine), revalidation of COC (deck & engine), watch keeping (deck & engine), dangerous cargo endorsement and global maritime distress and safety system endorsements. (* we wish all this is put into practice, as much said only. )
On an average nearly 200 certificates are received for verification by post as well as fax from foreign administrations every month. Besides, request for certificate verification received by email from Indian / foreign companies are attended to the same day. These number over 40. About the same number of requests is received by post and these too are carried out within 24 hours of receipt. There have been nearly 174 cases of fraudulent certificates that have come to light and these have been forwarded to the shipping companies for necessary action to be taken. (* seafarers (during their hard-earned leave period, have been held up for weeks and months together, harassed in MMD’s for services, includes lost certificates as they don’t acknowledge for the originals received, at their mercy. Is this the standard of public service for those who bring in foreign-exchange to their country? ) The initial objective of INDOS was to do away with the need of seafarers having to carry original documents while training ashore. For e.g. a second mate who undergoes seven modular courses and one competency course would be forced to carry all his original documents. Once seafarers obtain their INDOS certificate, they have no need to produce original documents for admission to courses anywhere in India. INDOS provides the necessary details. Further, in case of loss of original documents, INDOS also helps in getting duplicate certificates. The advantages appear to be limitless! What is this polyvalent certificated officer? How necessity arose? Why not Standard norms?
From the Editor’s Desk, M a r i n eW a v e s, Jan.2009,S a f e g u a r d O u r S e a s
"Corrupted people have a good network and they are united, for illegally amassing quick and easy money, leading a care-free, easy way of life." Liberally throwing the share of amassed easy earned money, they build to muscle-power to threaten those who do not yield to their pressures. It is, for all the government employees to take oath: solemnly and sincerely swear, that will faithfully and honestly fulfill the duties that devolve by reason of employment in the public service of State/Union Govt./ Territories. As you would see that This is a clear case of corruption, incompetence and lack of long term initiatives.
A Case Study on INDoS reveals:
Though INDoS, introduced 8 years ago, as computerized national database 4 quick reference by statutory authorities. The existing INDOS system is totally unplanned and a failure, since it cannot reveal the realistic quantitative figures. Ask for yourself as to whether, we can be able to draw out Statistical figures of Indian seamen (Officers and ratings), engaged on merchant navy vessels? Month wise, Year wise statement ? Any enlightened citizen. You are requested to please clarify the basic and prime information on Indian Seamen, which may be expected of by any enlightened citizen, to know of his countrymen, working with risks and sacrifices, out at sea? Indian seafarers: out at sea,
and of those returned back to land, with their hard-earned leave, joining family after long separation, their near and dear ones, earning bread for their family and dependants, simultaneously earning foreign-exchange to the coffers of our nation's treasury, building national economy. Time frame for achieving various Statistical figures on seafarers? ie Revenue annually earned by seafarers, active seafarers outgoing and incoming, seamen injured while in active service and hospitalized, casualty onboard etc. Discipline need to be the watchword.
Though I have been making exposition of the deficiencies and defects in the system this had been another valid query raised. Appearing in "MARINEWAVES", but left ignored / neglected. Therefore, what is the criteria and control exercised basically on allotting an INDOS No.? this was my query*while the INDOS known from shipping directorate website, as an introduction of national database of Indian Seafarers venturing out at sea, on high risk employment. While that is the case:
• How does INDOS serve the purpose, while it is not a fool-proof system (not covering all those Indians working out at sea). i.e.foreign-shipping Co's/and oil rigs etc. What is the difficulty, to cover those employed in foreign shipping-companies, oil rigs etc. though they are issued with an Indian CDC, from the department or sailing on Panama, Liberian flags CDC etc?
Hence, what is the control exercised by the Govt. of India, in the interest of Indian seafarers?
• Why not a fool-proof INDOS system, in the interest of Indian seamen and the nation at large? Who has designed it? How much paid for such cheap work? not taking into all the attributes? If outsourced, questions the Competence? Adding on:
1. Is their a Seamen employment and guidance bureau? For public interest and awareness.
2. Why the Seamen/Seafarers Club, continues to be handled by Surveyors while they claim shortage for their own primary work and why not this by a Welfare Officer who
exists? CWO existed over25 years ago. Why not centralized?
administration of seamen clubs and reviving welfare measures by a Chief Welfare Officer, when the strength of seafarers multiplied, by the increased Maritime Colleges, Institutions, Academies, Universities (Deemed), Indian Maritime Universities.
3. Do we not need to co-ordinate INDOS with CDC and Indian Passport, which should have been the basic step? For affective control.
4. Lacks practical approach or leaving loop-holes deliberately. Fake CDC and unrealistic quantitative value of CDC issued by the department, reporting of unfair pay scales on the other hand 3EO unfairly dismissed thrown out of service on medical grounds without legitimate dues even after 14 long years since SCI management have given their deaf ears, harassing the individual since he a whistle blower. Which was not expected in a Govt. of India Enterprise.
5. Are the above-said queries, enough evidence of systemic-failures? Do they not reflect upon the poor quality of incompetent mariners inducted into the Shipping directorate of our nation, owing to lack of right publicity forcompetition on real merits, while kept in par with bureaucrats (the cream of national talents) in our national maritime administration? It's high time, the recruitment policy and practices are revived to streamline our national maritime administration.
• INDoS has been implemented over eight long years, if the feedback itself is taken in good spirit, FROM TRIAL AND ERROR METHODS should have ITSELF improved by now. INDoS No. makes no sense. Cleansing the existing system with a new vision would work wonders.
Hence, this is a clear case of corruption, incompetence and lack of long term initiatives. System itself being corrupt, as said in "Marine Waves". "Those who have the privilege to know, have the duty to act." Albert Einstein. 'Innovation comes from connecting with the best of minds' with the willingness to contribute, towards a pursuit to excellence.
Dr. Chandran Peechulli,Ph.D; MBA; D.Sc; FIE(India), PgDIMS(UK), PgTED; FIIPE; MSEI; MSNAME(USA),
Ex.Chief Engineer(Marine), G.M.(Tech) Crossworld Shipping.Managing Editor & Publisher-"MARINE WAVES" International Maritime Newsletter. Ref: M m a r i n e W a v e s 3 January 2009 www.themarinewaves.com
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Posted By: Chandran Peechulli on:1/8/2009 12:24:06 AM
Kind attention: Capt.Mukesh Baveja, OSD-INDOS,Camp:LBS, Mumbai.
During the course of my talk with Mr.Dhar, Principal, LBS, forenoon of 2nd Jan.2009, he referred me to speak to you on Telephone No.022-2370 4425, since you are the Officer on Special Duty in charge of INDOS. While, you have expressed busy on an important priority work and asked me to get to know over the e-mail, same e-mail bounced back. Checking with INDOS Cell, this message on corrected e-mail ID. ten.lnsv|sodnisbl#ten.lnsv|sodnisbl in lieu of e-mail ID moc.lnsv2|sodnisbl#moc.lnsv2|sodnisbl You are requested to please clarify the basic and prime information, on Indian Seamen, which may be expected of by any enlightened citizen, to know of his countrymen, working with risks and sacrifices, out at sea.
• Statistical figures of Indian seamen (Officers and ratings), engaged on merchant navy vessels? Month wise, Year wise statement.
1. Indian seafarers: out at sea, and of those returned back to land, with their hard-earned leave to join back after long separation, their near and dear ones, earning bread for their family and dependants, simultaneously earning foreign-exchange to the coffers of our nation's treasury, building national economy. Statistical figures?
Though this being a valid query raised in my editorial of "MARINE WAVES", long back but left ignored / neglected. What is the present status? What is the control exercised basically on allotting an INDOS number? *while the INDOS known from the shipping directorate as introduction of national database of Indians venturing out at sea, on employment.
2. How does it serve the purpose, while it is not a fool-proof system (covering all those working out at sea). i.e. foreign-shipping and oil rigs etc. Why? Many seafarers who are employed in foreign shipping companies, oil rigs etc. continue to sail without INDOS number?
3. Is their a Seamen employment and guidance bureau?
4. Do you not need to co-ordinate INDOS with CDC and Indian Passport?
5. Why not a fool-proof INDOS system, in the interest of Indian seamen and the nation at large? Who has designed it? If outsourced, Competence?
6. Are the above-said queries, not enough evidence of systemic failures? Do they not reflect upon the poor quality of mariners inducted into the Shipping directorate of our nation, though kept in par with bureaucrats (the cream of national talents) in our national maritime administration? * Why, not considering recruitment on pure merits. When is it going to be streamlined?
Last but not the least your e-mail ID refers to LBS and not DGS, while your subject is national and not restricted to institutional. The above-said queries rose, since INDOS is directly under your jurisdiction and it is over eight long years since the INDOS has come into existence. With due respects to you, on the specialized subject (INDOS) chair of authority, felt to have your valued thoughts, to clarify my above-said doubts.
I suppose, I could have your valued thoughts for inter-action, with your rich experience on this specialized subject of authority. With best regards.
Dr. Chandran Peechulli, Ph.D ; D.Sc., F I E (India), F.I.I.P.E., M.S.E.I., Pg.DIMS(UK), Pg.DTED, MSNAME(US), Fellow - Institution of Engineers (India), Indian Institution of Plant Engineers & Ex. Vice Chairman TN Chapter, Life Member &Ex.Executive Member-Indian Institute of Standards Engineer T N Chapter, Indian Institute of Occupational Health, Mg.Editor& Publisher - “Marine Waves” international maritime newsletter. Corporate-Member-Chennai Press Club. Ex. Chief Engineer (Marine) & General Manager (Tech),Consultant- CeeCee Industrial & Marine Mgt. Consultants,moc.oohay|484ckp#moc.oohay|484ckp,sserddAmoc.semitaidni|namsrerafaes#sserddAmoc.semitaidni|namsrerafaes: M107-5, 29th Cross Street, Besant Nagar, Chennai-600090. 044+42018982.
From the Editor’s Desk. July 2011. www.themarinewaves.com
PRESS and the POLITICIANS. A delicate relationship. Too close, danger ensues. Too far apart, democracy itself cannot function, without the essential exchange of information. Creative leaks, a discreet lunch, inter -change in the Lobby, the Art of the unattributable telephone call, late at night… Howard Brenton.
MEDIA plays an important and vital role of awakening the general public in upholding human rights, even if our trusted, elected public representatives fail to perform well. Dr. Chandran Peechulli. Think it over Why does a person, knowing what truth is, hesitate to speak it? Is he ashamed? Ashamed of whom? Whether he is a superior or a subordinate, what matters it? The fact is that habit swallows us all. Let us reflect over this and rid ourselves of the bad habit…M.K.Gandhi, published on 8th Dec 1988. Indian Express. The butterfly counts not on months but moments, and has time enough. Rabindranath Tagore. ‘TIME’ is equal to life,hence waste your time and waste your life. or master your time and Master your life.AlanLakein "Striving for excellence motivates you; striving for perfection is demoralizing." Harriet Braiker.
From Wikipedia: INDos (Indian National Database of seafarers), is a computerised national database of Indian seafarers which is of use for quick reference by statutory authorities such as Flag State, Port State, Immigration & Employers etc., to prevent the fraudulent issue of certificates. The database includes data like the seafarer's address, photographs, signature, telephone, etc. An INDos number consists of eight alphanumeric characters. Henceforth, no seafarer without an INDos number will be admitted to any course other than a three month pre-sea training course in India. All Indian and foreign nationals holding a COC (Certificate of Competency) granted by the Government of India or an Indian CDC (Continuous Discharge Certificate) or who have completed modular courses approved by DG Shipping are listed in the database. Courses not approved by the Government of India, except GMDSS, will not be included in the INDos data. The advantage to seafarers is that they do not need to carry the original document while training ashore with the implementation of INDos. For example, at present, a second mate has to undergo seven modular courses and one competency course for which he has to carry all his original documents. Once he has an INDOs certificate, he does have to produce the original document for admission to any course in India. Furthermore, in case of the loss of original documents, the INDos will help in retrieving a duplicate certificate. Notwithstanding INDos, seafarers still need to carry the original document while serving onboard a ship. Clip from DG Shipping notice as refer below link- quote 'Every seafarer shall obtain INDos No certificate from the assessment centers /LBS CAMSAR, Mumbai. 'Details of documents issued by government authorities like COCs, Letters of Authority for issue of a COC (commonly referred to as a "Blue Chit"), endorsements for serving on special ship types, CDCs, etc., issued in due course are directly communicated to the INDos centre for updating the data. Such details are not accepted from the seafarer. Such certificates are verified subsequently from records provided to INDos by the training institutions and authorities that distribute these documents.
It is almost a decade, since the Office of the DGS introduced INDOS, INDos, seen Seafarers ‘as small’. What was the need of the news article on INDos by Joseph Fonseco, of www.maritimeprofessional.com, hired by the directorate, to blindly write biased information for the office of DGS, i.e. which is CONCEALING THE TRUTH, from a scam that continues for issue of CDC’s, without much publicity, to those who are not eligible to obtain by standard norms of entry attending conventional courses. This already said in the deficiencies and defects reported, already by the Publisher & Editor of MARINE WAVES, through its popularly known monthly editorial contents, made available online also in its archive of www.themarinewaves.com Instead of expressing the deficiencies and defects in the INDOS system, after lapse of over ten long precious years, due to trial and error methodologies, adopted with loopholes by the mariners of the Shipping Directorate. This is a clear case of systemic failure. Lacks creativity and adaptability to initiate systemic reforms, What is required is a strong political will coupled with decisive action, to restore Indian seafarers faith in the overall system.
• We need to look forward for truth in the media and start changing the system, through increased awareness, which was built with loopholes to suit the conveniences of vested interests. The nation should support and encourage journalists who tell the truth. Journalists pay a high personal and professional price for telling the truth. Professional journalists committed to truth in media are invariably penalized by their corporate employers. They are pressured into accepting media disinformation as routine, as part of the job. They are encouraged to skim the surface or to convey half truths. Those who refuse to abide by the standards of the mainstream media are not only fired, they are blacklisted and their prospects extinguished. Journalists who have the courage to say the truth find themselves marginalized and excluded. We believe, it is important for a good governing nation to support and encourage journalists in their endeavours to deliver independent news and analysis to the broader public. Independent coverage of world events which is not coloured created or manipulated by corporate, government or institutional stakeholders. We ask you to support us in supporting the writers who continue to bring you the material you need in order to understand what's happening in the world in reality. Never before has it been so important to have independent, honest voices and sources of information. We are, as a society – inundated and overwhelmed with a flood of information from a wide array of sources, but these sources of information, by and large, serve the powerful interests and individuals that own them. The main sources of information, for both public and official consumption, include the mainstream media, alternative media, academia and think tanks. The mainstream media is the most obvious in its inherent bias and manipulation. The mainstream media is owned directly by large multinational corporations, and through their boards of directors are connected with a plethora of other major global corporations and elite interests. MARINE WAVES publication, as an institution acts as a research centre and as well as a source of alternative news, through the website www.themarinewaves.com, has become a much needed voice of independence, seeking to break through all the propaganda and misinformation. To maintain our independence, MARINE WAVES does not accept assistance from public and private foundations. Nor do we seek support from universities and/or government. While the objective is to expand and help spread important and much-needed information to more people than ever before, we rely more upon necessitated our readers to support the organization. Thank you, my dear readers, for your tireless support. Supporting MARINE- WAVES, is supporting the cause of Seafarers, the truth and the fight against media disinformation.
Dr. Chandran Peechulli, Ph.D ; D.Sc., F I E (India), F.I.I.P.E., M.S.E.I., Pg.DIMS(UK), Pg.DTED, MSNAME(US), Fellow - Institution of Engineers (India), Indian Institution of Plant Engineers & Ex. Vice Chairman TN Chapter, Life Member &Ex.Executive Member-Indian Institute of Standards Engineer T N Chapter, Indian Institute of Occupational Health, Mg.Editor& Publisher - “Marine Waves” international maritime newsletter. Corporate-Member-Chennai Press Club. Ex. Chief Engineer (Marine) & General Manager (Tech),Consultant- CeeCee Industrial & Marine Mgt. Consultants, moc.oohay|484ckp#moc.oohay|484ckp, moc.semitaidni|namsrerafaes#moc.semitaidni|namsrerafaes Address: M107-5, 29th Cross Street, Besant Nagar, Chennai-600090. 044+42018982.
Flag this message Deficiencies and Defects in administration of Public Libraries – Govt. of Tamilnadu. PERSONAL AND STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL Saturday, 4 June, 2011 1:59 PM From:"chandran chandran" moc.oohay|484ckp#moc.oohay|484ckp View contact details To:moc.oohay|hzybas#moc.oohay|hzybas, ni.vog.nt|sc#ni.vog.nt|sc, ni.vog.nt|cescv#ni.vog.nt|cescv, ni.vog.nt|cesemoh#ni.vog.nt|cesemoh
Tmt .D. Sabitha, I.A.S., Honourable Secretary, School Education,
This is in continuation to the talk, the undersigned had with your good self. Re- Deficiencies and defects in administration of Public Libraries, in the State of Tamilnadu – Govt. of Tamilnadu.
1. The Director of Public Libraries, do not entertain any good suggestions, i.e. review for proper approach to the evaluation and assessment of the magazines, for better reader-ship. Further asks, me why complained to the Chief Secretary, Sri. Sripathi Rao? Says ‘Whatever we provide, readers have to read and go, since Library services are ‘Free' *which was not expected at the Director level, who is supposed to be a literate atleast to understand this with a conscience, viewing the importance of public- services in State-Administration.
2. Case Study: Noticed that the Branch Librarian of Shastri Nagar, seldom found in the library, but hangs around near the Office of the Director of Public Libraries. The subscribed magazine MARINE WAVES, while limited to subscription in Chennai District, was not found to be displayed for readership, when asked the staff on duty, she pulls out from the locked wooden cupboard and places on the table for the readers, assuring me that payment will not be affected. It also means payment made for non-supply? My intention as a publisher is primarily for the readers to read and derive benefit. With my little knowledge on Documentation and Library Science, it’s presumed all owing to lethargy or to prevent my magazine not gaining popularity amongst the readers, for future demand from public. God knows.
• TN Govt. Libraries to display the list of periodicals subscribed in a prominent place of the Branch-library premises, for the optimised benefit of the readers.
• List of authorized staff of the branch library be displayed, includes temporary staff, or else some new faces are privately seen changing within.* Branch librarian not available for readers contact also. Discipline is instilled to make reading in a quiet environment. Librarian never entertains phone contact, to communicate feedback; at least an e-mail contact will do well.
• There is no control over the change in address of the libraries, not updated with the Office of the Director for Public Libraries or with office of the District Library Officer. Postal despatch from the Patrika Channel though centralised. Mail goes to wrong address and hence returns back to the Publisher, who has to trace out the new address, personally going to TN Library HQ. Instead the local librarian to primarily inform the Post Master, to at least re-direct to new address with concern and message copy to publisher. Librarians prefer to serve agencies (middle-men) rather than direct despatch from publisher, with the obvious reasons, known to the enlightened.
• Instead, it is requested that the public libraries, make sure that the subscribed periodical magazines / newspapers are received and displayed for the readers to enrich their knowledge.
Public Libraries, need to value the quality of the text-content of the periodicals, books etc. or else It is meaningless to obtain the approval of the Director of Public Libraries, fulfilling all the formalities, when the District Library Officers of the coastal state itself, do not subscribe MARINE WAVES for the simple reason needing further the nod of Mr. G. Arivoli, Director of Public libraries, added to the general approval. Orelse, blindly stating no funds for the purchase, while without truly justifying against those purchased. All to the whims and fancies, going unchecked while MARINE WAVES, popularly known to the maritime fraternity, serving the maritime world of real expositions, of the deficiencies and defects in shipping, for the national maritime administrations as a feedback to improve, concentrates primarily on MARITIME SAFETY & SECURITY at sea, and seafarers welfare as SEAFARERS bring in valuable foreign-exchange to the country of their origin. DESPITE, Marine Waves–monthly newsletter being approved seven years ago by the Director of Public Libraries, the DLO (District Library Officer)’s of all the coastal district have not subscribed as yet, to this valuable magazine, because of being a non-political magazine. This is for your kind information to do the needful justifying my reasonable and legitimate request.
Dr. Chandran Peechulli, Ph.D ; D.Sc., F I E (India), F.I.I.P.E.,M.S.E.I., Pg.DIMS (UK), Pg.DTED, MSNAME (US), Fellow - Institution of Engineers (India), Indian Institution of Plant Engineers & Ex. Vice Chairman TN Chapter,Life Member &Ex.Executive Member-Indian Institute of Standards Engineer T N Chapter, Indian Institute of Occupational Health, Mg.Editor& Publisher - “Marine Waves” international maritime newsletter. Corporate-Member-Chennai Press Club. Ex. Chief Engineer (Marine) & General Manager (Tech),Consultant- CeeCee Industrial & Marine Mgt. Consultants,moc.oohay|484ckp#moc.oohay|484ckp, moc.semitaidni|namsrerafaes#moc.semitaidni|namsrerafaes Address: M107-5, 9th Cross Street, Besant Nagar, Chennai-600090. 044+42018982.
Tmt..D. Sabitha, I.A.S., Personal & Confidential URGENT Dt.25-05-2011 Hon’ble Secretary to the Government of Tamilnadu, Fort Saint George, CHENNAI-600009. Phone: 25672790 (O), 26481222 (R), 25676388(Fax), Email: ni.vog.nt|ceshcs#ni.vog.nt|ceshcs
Most Respected Madam,
I am a retired Chief Engineer (Marine),aged 65 years, with long and rich experience, been instrumental in publishing “MARINE WAVES” monthly since 2004. All these years, I have been self-financing partly from my own hard-earned savings, and from my two sons, Elder, a Master Mariner-Captain, and younger son sailing as Chief Officer, - both qualified with Certificate Of Competency from U.K.). Honorary -service for the welfare of the seafarers, who are working and living on the deep seas, is widely acknowledged.
MARINE WAVES, is a Govt. of India’s registered newsletter, nationally acclaimed one of the best monthly newsletter, approved and recommended in 2005 by the Directorate of Libraries, Govt of Tamilnadu, for the T.N. Libraries. Some consideration only shown, Least subscriptions from three (3) of the thirty-one (31) District Library Officers, while INDIA though surrounded by the Bay of Bengal, Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean, also bounded by a coastline of more than 7,517 kms., A Maritime Nation. “MARINE WAVES” popularly known for my valued editorial-contents for improvement, can be viewed in archive www.themarinewaves.com, which stands as a testimony, to publish un-biased material, for career- guidance and imparting knowledge, never-biased to any shipping company, port- administrations, maritime colleges/ academies / universities nor the shipping regulators, (Directorate General Shipping, Govt. of India),but for revealing facts through investigative reporting etc. exposing the facts of out at sea, on seafarer’s living and working conditions, their hardships on the high seas with occupational hazards, away from their near and dear ones.
My services to seafarers, were very well appreciated in writing by the then Joint Director-General of Shipping, Mr. Lukose Vallatharai, I.A.S., on his own, vide Jt.DG(cr)08 dated 13th March 2008, “MARINE WAVES” popularly known amongst the seafarers and the shipping circle and the regulatory body (DGS). I do share my wide and rich experience, with the budding marine engineers and publishing materials of interest to floating officers/engineers, keeping them abreast of the international conventions of International Maritime Organisation (IMO). IMO's primary purpose is to develop and maintain a comprehensive regulatory framework for shipping and its remit today includes safety, environmental concerns, legal matters, technical co-operation, maritime security and the efficiency of shipping. I had represented my case of genuineness, to Shri. KS Sripathi, IAS; the Chief Secretary, Govt. of Tamil Nadu, asking for a proper assessment and evaluation of the subscribed intakes of quality to the TN Libraries, to reach-out to all Libraries, thus readers derive benefit of the same, which generates larger employment avenues, fetching more foreign-exchange to the nation’s exchequer, as the salary paid to seafarers are in U.S. Dollars, thereby utilising the enormous spare man-power in India. Matter referred by the School Education Department, T.N.Secretariat to the Director of Libraries,Chennai-2, same again taken in a lighter vein by the Director of Public Libraries, saying as usual, shall consider every-time next year, resulting in a subject of betrayal.
Hence, I call upon your good self, to kindly consider my genuineness of the case and favour me with the deserving valued orders, to continue serving the public, through the valued readers of Public-Libraries.
Thanking you, Yoursfaithfully
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Dr. ChandranPeechulli,Ph.D ; D.Sc., F I E (India), F.I.I.P.E., M.S.E.I., Pg.DIMS(UK),Pg.DTED, MSNAME(US), Fellow - Institution of ngineers (India), Indian Institution of Plant Engineers & Ex. ViceChairman TN Chapter, Life Member&Ex.Executive Member-Indian Institute of Standards Engineer T N Chapter, Indian Institute of Occupational Health, Mg.Editor& Publisher - “MarineWaves” international maritime newsletter. Corporate-Member-Chennai PressClub. Ex. Chief Engineer (Marine) & General Manager (Tech),Consultant- CeeCee Industrial & MarineMgt.Consultants,moc.oohay|484ckp#moc.oohay|484ckp, seafarersman @indiatimes .com Address: M107-5, 29th Cross Street, Besant Nagar,Chennai-600090. 044+42018982.
Thiru C.Ve Shanmugam, Hon’ble Minister for School Education, Dt. 13-07-2011 Govt. of Tamilnad, Fort Saint George, CHENNAI-600009.
I am a retired Chief Engineer (Marine), aged 65 years, with long and rich experience. Instrumental in publishing “MARINE WAVES” monthly since 2004. All these years I have been partially self-financing from my own hard-earned savings, and from my two sons ( Elder, a Master Mariner-Captain, younger son sailing as Chief Officer, - both qualified with Certificate Of Competency from U.K.), self giving honorary service for the welfare of the seafarers, who are working and living on the deep seas. MARINE WAVES is a Govt. of India’s registered newsletter, nationally acclaimed one of the best monthly newsletter (*my brain-child), approved and recommended in 2005, by the Directorate of Libraries, Govt of Tamilnadu, for the T.N. Libraries, but some consideration only shown, as the least subscriptions given i.e. three (3) of the thirty-one (31) District Library Officers, they say special nod needed from the Director of Public Libraries.
Sir, INDIA is surrounded by Bay of Bengal, Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean, also bounded by a coastline of more than 7,517 kms., A Maritime Nation. Popularly known of my editorials in archive www.themarinewaves.com which stands as a testimony, to publish un-biased material, for career guidance and imparting knowledge, never-biased to any shipping company, port- administrations, maritime colleges/ academies / universities nor the shipping regulators,(Directorate General Shipping, Govt. of India),but for revealing facts through investigative reporting etc. exposing facts of out at sea, on seafarer’s living and working conditions, their hardships on the high seas with occupational hazards, away from their near and dear ones. My services to seafarers, were very well appreciated in writing by the then Joint Director- General of Shipping, LUKOSE VALLATHARAI, I.A.S., on his own, vide Jt.DG(cr)08 dated 13th March 2008, “MARINE WAVES” popularly known amongst the seafarers and the shipping circle and the regulating body (DGS). I do share my wide and rich experience, with the budding marine engineers and publishing materials of interest to floating officers/engineers, keeping them abreast of the international conventions of International Maritime Organisation (IMO). IMO's primary purpose is to develop and maintain a comprehensive regulatory framework for shipping and its remit today includes safety, environmental concerns, legal matters, technical co-operation, maritime security and the efficiency of shipping. I had represented my case of genuineness, to Shri.KS Sripathi, IAS; Ex. Chief Secretary, Govt. of Tamil Nadu, asking for a proper assessment and evaluation of the subscribed intakes of quality newsletter to the TN Libraries, to reach out to all Libraries, thus readers derive benefit of the same, which generates larger employment avenues, fetching more foreign-exchange to the nation’s exchequer, as the salary paid to seafarers are in U.S. Dollars, thereby utilising the enormous spare man-power in India. Matter referred by the School Edn. Dept., Secretariat to the Director of Libraries,Chennai-2, same again taken in a lighter vein by Director of Public Libraries, saying as usual every-time next year, resulting in a subject of betrayal. Hence, I call upon your good self to kindly consider my humble request and genuineness of the case and favour me with subscriptions to reach out to all libraries of Tamilnadu, recognising the deserving valued orders. Highlights ample employment opportunities to the valued readers thus fetching valuable foreign-exchange as earnings to the state and national exchequer.
Thanking you. Yours faithfully
Dr. Chandran Peechulli, Ph.D ; D.Sc., F I E (India), F.I.I.P.E., M.S.E.I., Pg.DIMS(UK), Pg.DTED, MSNAME(US), Fellow - Institution of Engineers (India), Indian Institution of Plant Engineers & Ex. Vice Chairman TN Chapter, Life Member &Ex.Executive Member-Indian Institute of Standards Engineer T N Chapter, Indian Institute of Occupational Health, Mg.Editor& Publisher - “Marine Waves” international maritime newsletter. rporate-Member-Chennai Press Club. Ex. Chief Engineer (Marine) & General Manager (Tech),Consultant- CeeCee Industrial & Marine Mgt. Consultants, moc.oohay|484ckp#moc.oohay|484ckp, moc.semitaidni|namsrerafaes#moc.semitaidni|namsrerafaes Address: M107-5, 29th Cross Street, Besant Nagar, Chennai-600090. 044+42018982.