Ishwar Achanta elected President of FAS

The Federation of Association of Stevedores has elected Ishwar Achanta as the President and Yogesh Mehta as the Vice President at the annual general meeting (AGM) held virtually on July 29.

The AGM also elected A V Subba Rao as the secretary and Jesiah Villavarayar as the joint secretary of the apex body of the Stevedoring Associations of the Major Ports in India except for JNPT (container Port) and Mumbai Port Trust (performs its own stevedoring).

Shekhar Pujari has been elected as the treasurer of the association, according to a statement from the FAS.

FAS has played a key role, in over 25 years in 5 BWNC’s and is represented in the Ministry of Labour’s DGFASLI Advisory Committee for Dock Workers.

“Taking over from K Krishnakumar, who has rendered yeoman service is both a great honour and challenge. Very eminent stevedores have occupied this Chair and I am humbled that I now have a chance to lead this extraordinary group of people. COVID 19 has changed the face of business and our members have worked non-stop, as front-line Corona Warriors, keeping the ships loaded and discharged. It will be my job to change the way stevedores are perceived and work closely with Government, Port Managements and other stakeholders to bring back the efficiencies and economies of scale”, Ishwar Achanta said on being elected as president of FAS.