Port Blair, March 11: A delegation of the Education Department MTS Sub-Committee of the Non-Gazetted Govt.  Officers’ Association led by General Secretary Shri D. Ayyappan met the Director of Education on 7th March, 2013 and discussed various issues relating to the Multi Tasking Staff working in the Education Department.

The delegation of the Association brought to the notice of the Director that  overtime allowance  for the overtime work performed by MTS staff (erstwhile Group D staff) working in the schools and offices of the Education Department, is not being granted to them. The delegation demanded to continue with the promotion channel for the erstwhile Group D staff working in the department. 

It was further urged to the Director of Education to fill up the vacant posts of Peon-cum-Chowkidar, Mali-cum-Sweeper, etc. as the existing employees are over burdened with work in the absence of sufficient staff. 

Expressing its grave concern over the pending cases for compassionate ground appointments, the Association has urged the Director to provide immediate relief to all the applicants in the form of daily-rated appointments or contract appointments till they get appointments on compassionate ground. Timely supply of uniforms, pending cases of MACP, etc. were also discussed in the meeting. 

The Director of Education has assured the Association that the demands will be examined and appropriate action taken immediately. The Assistant Director of Education (Perl), Asst. Director of Edn (Admn), Asst Director of Edn (Planning) and Asst. Director (Admn) were also present in the meeting.

The other members of the delegation of the Association were Shri TS Sreekumar, Asst. General Secretary, Shri Yesturatnam, Vice President,  Shri Vellakkannu, Secretary, Edn Deptt MTS Sub-Committee, Shri Maheshwar Rao, Central Executive Committee Member and Shri Lazerus. 


Port Blair, March 11: Responding to the letter of PCC President, Shri Kuldeep Rai Sharma to the Chief Secretary proper health care facilities in the Health Centres, the Assistant Secretary (Health), A&N Administration has informed that arrangements has been made for the visit of Gynaecologist with portable ultra sound machine.

It was further informed that due to shortage of specialist doctors, no paediatrician is posted in the CHC Diglipur, as such incubator has not been provided in the institution. However Paediatric stabilizer units are made available in all the CHC and PHCs.

The Assistant Secretary also informed that in order to meet the requirement of specialists, the Ministry is sending GDMOs having PG qualification/specialist to these islands on rotational basis for a period of 3 months. However the Admn. has requested the Ministry to post specialist for a period of atleast one year to extend patient care to the needy people in the field, due to the fact that all the specialist post has been encadred to CHS. 

Tele-medicine facility has been made available at CHC, Diglipur and an X-ray technician (Radiographer) has been posted at CHC Diglipur.

1300 Residents Pledge Support through Signature Campaign

Bambooflat, March 10: ‘Humane Touch’ organized a day long token fast from 11.00 am to 10.00 pm at Bambooflat Jetty demanding closure of Bamboo Bar at Bambooflat yesterday. About 60 members of the organization sat on a fast, which was inaugurated by K P Mohammed Younus, Ex-President, Humane Touch.

Inaugurating the Fast, Mohammed expressed shock over a recent incident in which school students were found attending school in inebriated state in Bambooflat, which has to be taken seriously. He demanded immediate cancellation of the bar license to protect the younger generation from alcoholism.

Social activists, politicians, PRI members and other prominent persons addressed the gathering and highlighted the ill-effects of alcoholism and exhorted to put all efforts to wipe out this social menace from the territory.

Bishnu Pada Ray, Member of Parliament addressing the gathering said that the Administration needs to focus on other developmental aspects rather than promoting bar culture in the Islands.

Mohd Shafique, Pramukh, Panchayat Samithi, Ferrar Gunj extended the support of PRI institutions against alcoholism and bar culture in the locality.

A P Mohammed, Editor, Sahil ki Oar said that the bar is a disgrace, which needs to be closed down as younger generation is getting addicted to this vice.

Shri Deb Kumar Bhadra, a popular blogger asserted that the Administration as well as the elected PRI members needs to prioritise their agenda of development instead of focusing on issuing bar licenses.

Zubair Ahmed, Editor, The Light of Andamans demanded amendment in the Panchayat Rules and Regulations and incorporation of approval of Gram Sabha for issuance of bar license.  He said that the power and authority should lie with the villagers to decide whether they need a bar or not.

Ms Maryam Bibi, Member Zilla Parishad, Wimberly Gunj, Shri Manickam, Ex-Pradhan, W/Gunj, Shri Adhi Narayan, Pradhan, Shore Point Panchayat, Shri Abdul Aziz, Pradhan, Stewart Gunj Panchayat, Shri G Nagendran, LJP and many prominent persons addressed the gathering.  A documentary film on alcoholism was also screened.

Shri M K Abdul Gafoor, President Humane Touch made the concluding remarks and announced that the memorandum alongwith the signatures of the residents will be submitted to the appropriate authorities demanding cancellation of the license of Bamboo Bar.

About 1300 residents of Bambooflat and adjoining areas pledged their support by putting their signature in a memorandum demanding closure of the bar.