Port Blair, April 29: A delegation of Andaman & Nicobar Forest and Plantation Development Corporation Limited led by the PCC President, Shri Kuldeep Rai Sharma today called on the Lt Governor, Lt Gen (Retd) Bhopinder Singh and expressed their gratitude towards him for taking up the Forest Corporation issues with the Govt. of India and release of fund for payment of their salaries. They also requested the Lt Governor for revival of the Corporation and settlement of the workers.

The Lt Governor assured them that all possible effort will be made for the welfare of the employees of the Corporation and for finding a way for the revival of the Corporation. He also called upon them for adopting participatory approach which will help in the revival of the Corporation.

Meanwhile a delegation of Andaman & Nicobar Teachers' Association (ANTA) led by the PCC President, Shri Kuldeep Rai Sharma also called on the Lt Governor at Raj Niwas and raised various issues concerning the teaching community. They expressed gratitude towards the Lt Governor for not implementing the enhanced working hours for teachers during last year and further requested him for not implementing the same during this academic year. A host of other issues such as regularization of adhoc appointments, filling up of vacant posts in the education department etc. were also taken up. 

The Lt Governor assured them that all the issues will be looked into in a positive manner and efforts will be made so that students, teachers and parents community are benefited equally.      

Port Blair, April 29: TheMember of Parliament, Shri Bishnu Pada Ray has suggested the Lt. Governor to convene a meeting of the elected representatives of Ferrargunj and adjacent villages of the Tehsil to decide on the location of the proposed Ship Ticket Counter.

In his letter to the Lt. Governor, Bishnu said that the A&N Administration has decided to open a Ship Ticket Counter for Mainland/ Inter Islands passengers for Ferrargunj and other adjacent villages of Ferrargunj Tehsil. I have received Letters and Phone calls in this regard from many residents of that Tehsil with the demand to establish such Center at Ferargunj, Wimberlgunj, Tusnabad and Bambooflat etc.

He therefore suggested that the Administration may convene a meeting of the elected members of PRIs and the matter be settled amicably in this regard.

Port Blair, April 29: The Non-Gazetted Govt. Officers’ Association, A&N Islands organized a Mass Demonstration at the Secretariat Gate, Port Blair today at 4.30 p.m. demanding (1) Setting up of 7th Central Pay Commission to effect wage revision of central government employees and (2) immediate merger of 50% DA with pay  and  (3) to  withdraw PFRDA Bill from the Parliament and to ensure Pension to all government employees. 

A large number of  government employees from various departments  participated in the Mass Demonstration which was  led  among others by Shri R. Rajendran, Organising Secretary,  Shri Anand Raj, Secretary, Secretariat Sub-Committee, Shri Venkat Rama Rao, Vice President and Shri R. Surendran Pillai, Secretary of South Andaman Teachers’ Branch and Shri Jairaj, Vice President, Clerical Cadre Branch  of the Association. 

Addressing the gathering, Shri D. Ayyappan, General Secretary of the Association said that the real value of wages determined by the 6th Central Pay Commission has now been eroded due to the unprecedented inflation in the economy and spiraling rise in the prices of essential commodities.  While the Government permits wage negotiation and revision in the fully owned Public Sector Undertakings, Banks, etc. every five years, the denial to revise the wages of Central Government employees despite such large scale erosion in the real value of wages is absolutely unjustified. 

Regarding merger of 50% DA with Pay, Shri Ayyappan said that presently, the dearness allowance is 80% as on 1.1.2013.  As on 1.1.2011, the DA was at the rate of 51%.   He demanded that the Government should take steps to merge 50% of DA with pay for all purposes, as done in the past, to compensate the erosion of the real value of wages of the Central Government employees. Shri TS Sreekumar, Asst. General Secretary also addressed the gathering and explained the demands in detail.