Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved ratification of the International Labour Organisation convention on the Seafarers Identity Document. A biometric based SID will be developed to ensure a foolproof security system to ward off the potential risk of breach of security and possible terrorist attacks. The ratification will benefit Indian seafarers, who may find a threat to job opportunities in the near future in the global maritime sector if India doesn’t ratify the convention. Around 1.8 lakh seafarers will benefit from the ratification.The proposed SID has provisions for bar coding of the biometrics based identity of seafarers and a centralized data base maintained in the issuing country, which can be accessed globally through an inter-operable and standard biometric template.
Indian Seafarer holding SID will be able to have unrestrictive movement in foreign shores during leave, get recognition as identified seafarers in the global market and will have easy access to better job opportunities in the global maritime sector.
Issue of SID involves collection of biometric and demographic details of seafarers, their verification. Indian national seafarers who will be required to be issued SIDs will be around 1.8 lakhs.