The National Welfare Board for Seafarers Rules, 1963

Department of Transport
(Transport Wing) 

                                                          New Delhi the 5th July, 1963


G.S.R. 1187 – In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (2) of Section 218 of the Merchant Shipping Act, 1958 (44 of 1958), the Central Government hereby makes t he following rules, namely :-

  1. Short title and commencement – (1) These rules may be called the National Welfare Board for Seafarers Rules, 1963.

(2) They shall come into force at once. 

2. Definitions ---- In these rules, unless the context otherwise requires : 

(a)   “Act” means the Merchant Shipping Act, 1958 (44 of 1958);

(b)  “Board” means the National Welfare Board for Seafarers constituted under section  218(1) of the Act;

(c)   “Chairman” means the Chairman of the Board;

(d)  “Director-General” means the Director General of Shipping, Bombay.

(e)   “Secretary” means the Secretary to the Board. 

3.   Board to be constituted every  two years – The Board shall be constituted for a period of two years at a time. 

4. Composition of the Board – The Board shall consist of --- 

(a)   the Minister of Transport and Communications, Chairman ex-officio; 

(b)  the Minister of Shipping, Vice-Chairman Ex-Officio;

(c)    the Director –General of Shipping, member ex-officio;

(d)   six representatives of the Central Government to be nominated by that Government;

(e)   eight  representatives, one each to  be nominated by the Governments of the States of Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Kerala, Madras, Maharashtra, Mysore, Orissa, and West Bengal;

(f)     six representatives of port authorities in Bombay, Calcutta, Cochin, Kandla, Madras, and Visakhapatnam, to be appointed by the Central Government

(g)   five representatives of shipowners to be appointed by the Central Government after consultation with the ship owners; 

(h)  five representatives of seafarers to be appointed by the Central Government  after consultation with associations of seafarers, it any;

(i)     three Members of Parliament of whom two shall be nominated from the Lock Sabha and one from the Rajya Sabha;

(j)     four members to be appointed by the Central Government representing societies interested in the welfare of seamen;

(k)  one representative of the Company of Master Mariners of India to be appointed by the Central Government;

(l)     a non-official to be nominated by the Central Government;

(m)   the Deputy Director-General of Shipping  in charge of seamen’s welfare, member Ex-officio  

5.      Terms of Office ---  Subject to the other provisions of these rules, every member of the  Board other  than an ex-officio  member shall hold office for a period  of two years; 

          Provided that   a member of Parliament shall hold office for a period  of  two years or so long as he continues to be a member of the House which he represents  whichever is less.

6.      Casual Vacancies ---  A casual vacancy in the office of  member shall be filled by nomination or appointment, as the case may be, and a member  so nominated or appointed to fill  the vacancy shall hold office for so long only as the member whose place he fills would have continued to  hold office if the vacancy had not occurred.  

7. Resignation by member of the Board --  A member    may resign his office by letter under  his hand address to the Chairman but he shall continue in office until his resignation is accepted by the Chairman. 

8. Removal of members from office --- The Central Government may at any time remove from office any member of the Board --- 

(a)    if he is  continuously absent from India for  a period of more than twelve months and has not obtained the permission of the Chairman for such absence.

(b)   If he absents himself from three consecutive meetings of the Board without the  permission of the Chairman;

(c)    If he is an undischarged insolvent ;

(d)   If he  is convicted of  an offence which, in opinion of the Central Government, involves moral turpitude.

(e)    If in the opinion of the Central Government, he has  ceased to represent the  interest on whose behalf  he was appointed;

(f)      If, in the opinion of the Central Government, it is for any other reason to  be recorded in writing, not desirable that he should continue to be a member. 

9.      Suspension of representation on the Board of Bodies or Associations ---    if, after such enquiry as it may deem necessary, the Central Government is of the  opinion that any body or association  which is represented  on the Board has acted  or is  acting  in  a manner prejudicial  to he interest  of seafarers  generally, it may be order,  suspend t he representation of that body or association for such period  as may be specified in that order. 

10. Register of Members ----  There shall be maintained a Register  in which the names, and address of all members shall be entered; any change  of address of a member shall also be entered in the register. 

11.   Secretary of the Board --- (1)   The Deputy  Director General of Shipping in charge of Seamen’s Welfare, who is an Ex-officio  member of the Board  under rule 4 shall also functions Secretary to the Board. 

          (2) The duties of the Secretary shall be : 

(a)    to convene, under the directions of the Chairman meetings of the Board or of any Committee of the Board;

(b)    to maintain the  Minute Book and the register of members;

(c)     to assist the Chairman in the discharge of  his  functions; and

(d)    to undertake such other  duties may from time to time be entrusted to him by the Board. 

12.    Meetings – (1)      The Board shall meet ordinarily once in six months and may if necessary , meet at shorter  intervals. 

(2)      An extraordinary meeting  of the Board shall be convened if not less than five members send a written requisition to the Chairman stating the object for  which t he meeting is proposed. 

(3)      Every meeting shall be held on such date and at such time and place as the Chairman may fix. 

(4)      Every meeting shall  be presided over by the Chairman or in  his absence by the Vice-Chairman or in the absence of both, by the Director General of Shipping, or, if he is also absent, the members present, shall  elect one from amongst  themselves t o preside over the meeting. 

13.    Notice of meetings  -- (1)    Notice of the place and the date and time of each meeting shall  be sent to the members at least fifteen  days before the date of the meeting; 

          Provided that a shorter notice may be given in cases where, in the opinion of the Chairman, the meeting  has to take place urgently. 

          (2) A notice under sub-rule (1) may be delivered either by hand or sent by registered post  to the last known address of the member. 

14.    Agenda ----   Along with the notice of  meeting  referred to in rule 13, a list of the business proposed to be transacted at the meeting shall be sent to every member, and no business which is not on the list, shall be transacted at the meeting except with the permission of the Chairman. 

15.    Quorum -----  (1) The quorum for  a meeting shall be fifteen. 

(2) If at any time there is no quorum, the  meeting shall be adjourned to a later date, such date being not earlier than fourteen days from the date of the original meetings; and business may be transacted  at the adjourned meeting whether or not there is quorum. 

16.    Procedure at meeting --- (1)  A member desiring discussion on any proposal shall give written notice  thereof to the Secretary  at least seven days before the date fixed for the meeting. 

(2)      The member presiding at a meeting shall  regulate the conduct   of the  meeting and shall have power to fix the time limit for  speeches. 

17.    Voting – (1) ---- Any question  arising for  decision by the Board shall be decided at a meeting of the Board  by a meeting  of the Board by a majority of the votes of the members present and voting and in case of an equality of votes, the presiding member shall have and exercise a second or casting vote. 

(2)      All votes  shall be by show of hands. 

18. Minutes of Meetings --  (1)  The minutes of the proceedings of  the meeting of the  Board shall be drawn up by  the Secretary and  circulated to all the members of the Board present in India and the minutes along with any amendments  suggested  shall be placed for confirmation at the next meeting of the Board. 

(2)  After the minutes are confirmed and signed by the Chairman or the Member  who presided  at the meeting they shall be recorded in Minutes’ Book which shall be kept open for  inspection of the members at all times during office hours  of the Board. 

19. Recommendations ---      Decisions arrived at by the Board requiring any further action shall be recorded in form of recommendations to be forwarded  to the Ministry of Transport  & Communications Department of  Transport ( Transport Wing), New Delhi.  

20.    Non-Member attending meetings ---        The Chairman may invite any person to be present at any meeting  to participate in  the  discussion but such persons shall  not be entitled to vote. 

21.    Sub- Committees --      The Board may  appoint  one or more sub-committees, standing or  otherwise, to examine and report  on any specific problem or problems referred to  such Committees. 

22.    Travelling and daily allowances, etc. of members --   The members of the Board and of any sub-committee thereof  shall be entitled to travelling  and daily allowance in  accordance with  the terms and conditions contained in the Government of India, Ministry of Finance Office Memorandum No. F. 6 (26)0E.IV/59, dated the 5th September, 1960, as amended from time to time.  

23.    Controlling Office for the purposes of sanctioning Travelling and Daily Allowance -    The Director General  shall be the Controlling Officer in respect of travelling allowances and  daily allowance for the non-official members of the Board.



Dy. Secretary to the Govt. of India


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