Direct Cash Disbursement to Students Allowed for Educational Kits under RTE

Port Blair, May 9: The Administration has accepted the demand of the Member of Parliament, Shri Bishnu Pada Ray regarding the distribution of Educational Kits to the students under Right to Education Act.

In the recently held meeting convened by the Chief Secretary, the MP had suggested that cash should directly be given to the students to purchase the kits, instead of supplying them through tender process. Direct cash disbursement would not only ensure transparency and fairness but would eliminate the chances of corruption as well. Another reason he stated was that the tender process would cause delay.

The Chief Secretary and the higher officers were impressed with the suggestion given by the MP and assured him that the distribution of the kits would be done as suggested by Shri Ray. Earlier expressing his opinion, in the meeting, the Director of Education said that it would be better if the kits are supplied to the students, following tender process.   

Under the provisions defined by the Right to Education Act, free Educational Kits comprising Note books, Geometry boxes, School bags etc; are to be distributed to the Students.

Port Blair, May 9: ACity Conference was organised today at Khaitan Kalyan Mandapam, Junglighat by the City Congress Committee, wherein the PCC President, Shri Kuldeep Rai Sharma was the Chief Guest. Addressing the gathering Sharma urged upon to be united and work for the betterment of the people of the islands.  

Whatever achievement he has achieved at the President is due to the devoted and selfless work rendered by the party workers, said Sharma He also urged upon the workers to reach to every doors with the policies and programmes of UPA Government, which are for the betterment of the Country and its people.

The developments we find everywhere are the contribution of the UPA led Congress Government, he said. And whatever new projects that are coming up in these islands are again the contribution of the Lt Governor who is for the betterment of the Islands and its people.

The Administrator is answering to Party's demands because of genuineness and right approach, Sharma said.

At the outset, the President, City Congress, Shri A. Selvam welcomed the Chief Guest, dignitaries and the workers. The Chairperson PB Murugan, ZP Adhyaksha Smti Abala Samaddar, Chairperson Social Welfare Smti Ratna Kannan, Vice President Hamid Ali, Dist President RV Reddy, President Mahila Congress Shanta Singh, Pradesh Secretary Marium Bibi, John Robert Babu, Sadhana Lall, Sanjay Rangaia, Sabastian, and Zubaida Bibi also spoke on the occasion who informed that due to personal efforts of Sharma and his amicable approach to the Island's friendly Lt Governor, the  burning issues of ATR and Buffer Zone could be solved for the people of these islands, apart from various other welfare measures. The conference later concluded with vote of thanks proposed by Sahaabuddin.

Port Blair, May 9: The Linemen – Cum - Meter Association of Electricity Department, A&N Islands have felicitated Shri. P .Kannan, President, Mr. S.K. Majumdar, General Secretary and other office bearers of Government Employees Federation, A&N Islands on 8th May 2013 at Sun Sea Resort Conference Hall, Middle Point, Port Blair for resolving their long pending demands including granting of Grade Pay of Rs. 4200/- to LMMRs, who have completed 12 & 24 years of regular service prior to may, 2004.

The General Secretary of LMMRs Association, Mr. M. Venkat Rao  on the occasion hailed the achievement made through GEF and expressed his gratitude to President, General Secretary and other office bearers of Government Employees Federation. Shri. Hamid Ali, Vice President, INTUC also attended the function as Guest of Honour. The function concluded with vote of thanks delivered by Shri. B.M. Sutradar.