Date: February 27, 2020
The Captain of Ports,
Subject: Protest against Special Ferry Price Hike proposal
It has come to our attention through media reports that your office is proposing to hike fare of Special Ferry service from Rs.55/- to Rs.250/-. We write to express our strong protests as that will adversely affect the public navigating over rivers using Government Ferry service. We would like to remind you that Special Ferry service system was started after an incident in the decade of 1990s wherein Ferry at Vanxim refused to ply at mid-night (00.30 hours) in emergency situation of taking sick person for medical assistance. Late Ligorio F. Silveira brought this issue to the attention of then Captain of Ports and Special Ferry Service system was stared to cater to these needs of plying beyond regular hours.
You are therefore requested to withdraw your proposal to hike the special ferry costs and keep it at current rate of Rs.55/-.
President, Goa State & National Council Member of National Platform of Small Scale Fish Workers (Inland)