Biometric ID Cards For Indian Seafarers.

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Union Cabinet ratified the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Convention No. 185 on the Seafarers Identity Document (SID) on wednesday. Nearly 1.8 lakh Indian seafarers will be benefitted with the new seafarer’s identity document.  This new SID will be developed with the biometric details of the seafarer.

Benefits :

  • Centralized data base maintained in the issuing country enables the global access through interoperable and standard biometric template
  • Provisions for bar coding of the biometrics based identity of seafarers
  • Seafarer holding SID has unrestricted movement worldwide during leave
  • Recognised as Identified seafarer in global market
  • Better accessibility for the better job opportunities in maritime sector
  • Without the SID, seafarers may be challenged for their Job in the future

The SID project is being taken up in collaboration with Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC) and it is proposed to be issued from three enrolment centres – Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai.

The process involves:

  • Collection of biometric and demographic details of seafarers,
  • Verification of details,
  • Issuance of ID

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