Port Blair, March 14: A delegation of boat operators, tour operators and bus operators association from Baratang led by PCC President, Shri Kuldeep Rai Sharma today called on the Lt. Governor, Lt. Gen. (Retd.) Bhopinder Singh and expressed their gratitude to the Lt Governor for keeping the hope and aspirations of the people alive, particularly those relating to ATR issue, which flows from the order passed by the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India.  

The Lt Governor assured that the Administration is committed to protect the interest of the particularly vulnerable tribe on one hand and the interest of the settlers on the other hand. He emphasised that all have to abide by the law for peaceful co-existence.

Port Blair, March 14: The Member of Parliament, Shri Bishnu Pada Ray has raised the matter of allotment of house sites from the 2500 Hectares of deemed forest in various places in A&N Islands. The proposal for allotting of house sites was placed before the Ministry of Home Affairs in 2007.

Replying to the MP’s question on the status of the proposal, Shri Mullapally Ramachanran, Minister of state in the  Ministry of  Home Affairs said that the A&N Administration has file an interlocutory application seeking permission of Hon’ble Supreme Court for the use of deemed forest land for non- forest actives. The Matter is subjudice.

Port Blair, March 13: The Member of Parliament, Shri Bishnu Pada Rayhas raised the matter of Setting up of Additional Sub – Health Centers for many Forest Encroachment villages, Revenue villages, Tribal Villges, situated in the remotest of Health and Family Welfare in the Floor of the House during “O” Hour on 8.3.2013 at 6:30 PM

In his Speech, he pointed out that the GOI., MHFW decided to adopt a new norm based on “Time to Care” for setting up Sub Health Centers in selected districts of hilly states and desert areas. Accordingly, “Time to Care” has been fixed as 30 minutes by walk from the habitation and thus another Sub Centre can be considered if “Time to Care” exceeds half an hour walking distance. The Scheme though implemented in the Districts of Assam, Meghalaya, Arunachal, Rajasthan and Gujarat, the remotest, backward, Tribal Forest and Revenue Villages in the UT of A & N Islands have not been considered to extend the Scheme. Out of them, some names of the worst affected villages are named below: Pailoon, Burmachar, Narayan Tikry, Bandnallah, Gopalnagar etc from where, patients are to be brought crossing the Sea route in dinghies after crossing Forest Areas carrying patients on shoulder for about 3 to 4 hours journey to the nearest Sub – Centre.

Ray invited a reference with MHFW that 4 (four) Trained Un – employed Nurses, A & N Islands along with him  met with the Hon’ble Minister of Health & Family Welfare and submitted a letter stating that more than five hundred Trained Nurses are Un – employed and there are about 200 – 300 remote and isolated Forest, Revenue and Tribal Villages, where, there are no Sub – Centers existing. The minister was requested to direct the A & N Administration to send necessary proposal with a list of such villages/locations for setting up of new Sub Health Centers based on ‘Time to Care’ Scheme with a post of Nurse in each sub Health Center.

Bishnu concluding his speech requested to have a review according to the present population, and necessary action to be taken for the creation of sufficient nursing staff to the PHCs, CHCs in this UT.