May, 2006 – Editor`s Page

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From the Editor`s Desk

It is evident that the national shipping administration in India needs to become more responsive and committed to seafarer`s problems, towards Seafarer`s welfare, while seafarers were and continue to pump in substantial foreign- exchange into their country. The thoughts of Mariners inducted then with their poor academic/professional background, many under-graduates, owing to no competition unlike other Class One posts, these men are formatted by the way they have always been doing things, as in the past, comparing earnings with their counterparts out at sea with the inherent risks and sacrifices.

National democracy too, needs to become more responsive while “Right to Info. Act ” though invoked.By raising social issues of seafarers. Problems do vary with the seafarers viewing locality and the culture and so on, no one solution can be good for all. The need for arriving to the best and right consensus. Progressive decisions are not taken, viewing their own self interest first. Everyone keeps thinking, “What can I gain? Rather than`what can I contribute? to the society we live in`. Need for rethinking, by the National Policy Makers, in terms of selecting and recruiting government employees. The need to be on pure merit, by the U P S C, which should be beyond department`s recommendation alone, only then a good governance could be achieved. Where is the corrective correctness to the lacunae exposed through the editorial columns since 2001, in WAVES and subsequently in the MARINE WAVES newsletter by self. Government should not yield to illogical and unfair claims of association/ union pressures. Damages to public/government property by union/ associations need to be seriously dealt with. Unfair practices cannot be tolerated.

How much more knowledgeable would we be, if we could simply listen with an open mind, without bias or pre-conceived opinions to the genuine legitimate feedback. Many a times the new entry in an organization bring in a refreshing view only to be completely ignored and told: That`s not the way we do things around here. One need not be afraid to suggest new and better ways of doing things, with an open mind, if one wants to get ahead in this innovative world. The need for combination of the required behavioral skills and professional skills in Maritime Education. Seafarers prior to venturing into the sea, be checked for the right mindset, right attitude and have the right motivation by the experienced seafarers, towards accident free professional sea-life.

Lack of connectedness or sense of belongingness breeds corruption in society.

Lack of self-esteem or confidence, in ones owns ability, is one of the causes of corruption.

Seeing life, from a different perspective of space and time, is what will deepen one`s vision, about one`s life.

Care and compassion in society can bring dedication. It is the lack of dedication that causes corruption.

Sense of “Commitment”. Commitment to contribution. When a person has set a goal, it`s a commitment to higher cause in life, brings a shift from`gaining to giving`.

A matter of concern is the absence of transparency, accountability and effectiveness in administration, the need for e-governance. The more open we are to suggestions, the more likely the benefits.

Even after 58 years of independence. India has not attained any reasonable level of good governance, which is owing to lack of balance in the relative roles of the public, private and civic sectors that has led to innumerable policy lapses. They include, imbalance between public and private sectors, indifferent measures adopted in matters of service and after service benefits, social benefits etc. within their own citizens with unjust and unfair terminal benefits. A responsible floating officer of the State owned Shipping Corporation of India, thrown out of service, like a fish out of water, for no fault of his, but for high blood pressure (medical grounds), a fair final settlement is still due after 12 long years, nor considered for VRS which was liberally offered to public sector employees during that time, to even change jobs, this reflects on the degree of unfairness to this outspoken distinctive engineer, for exposing the lacunae and poor state of affairs in shipping administration. Imbalance, in the roles played by the three authorities, namely the Union, the State and the local. The need for proper balance between the rights and responsibilities of Politicians, Civil servants and the people. Excessive power with Politicians and Administrators over the people and perpetual interference by the politicians with the administrators lead to corruption and inefficiency, while our nation though known for “Knowledge power”.

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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