Port Blair, May 8: The PCC President Kuldeep Rai Sharma led a delegation of A&N AIDS Control Society to met the Chief Secretary Anand Prakash today where he appraised the CS that the Society was formed in the year 1998 in these Islands to prevent and control HIV transmission and to strengthen the state capacity to respond to long term challenge posed by the epidemic. To pursue the aims and objective envisaged in the National AIDS Control Programme (NACP) of NACO, the ANACS since its inception has been employing qualified technical and administrative personnel on contractual basis. All these contractual employees possess the qualification prescribed for the posts held by them and have been appointed by observing proper process of selection. The present strength of such contractual employees who have served for over five years and up to twelve years is 49. 

Sharma apprised the CS that it is ironical that the workers who makes the life of the Islanders peaceful and fearless by selflessly and tirelessly combating the challenge posed by this dreadful disease are themselves leading an uncertain and worried life. The poor service condition and inadequate salary coupled with the uncertainty that prevails in a contact employment has urged this Party to approach the Administration for proper appraisal of the grievances of these contract employees of ANACS and to make an appeal for remedy, he said.

As per the existing terms & condition of the contract, the staffs of ANACS are not entitled for any other service benefits like leave accumulation, EPF/PF benefits, promotional avenue & regularization of service. Even the contract salary paid to ANACS staff are much less compared to different categories of staff working under NRHM in the Islands who are appointed much later to these people.  

There are instance when the local administration and the Administrator has shown nobility and fairness by regularizing the services of DRMs/Contractual workers of AAJVS, Electricity Department, PMB, PBMC etc. and hence Sharma has opined that similar approach may be adopted in this case too.

In view of the poor plight of the staff working under ANACS, he requested the administration to take appropriate measures/ action to improve the service condition of the contract employees of Andaman and Nicobar AIDS Control Society (ANACS) by amalgamation of the ANACS with the Directorate of Health Services.

Ministry Agrees to Open New Sub Health Centres in Remote Areas of the Islands

Port Blair, May 7: Responding to the demand raised by the Member of Parliament Shri Bishnu Pada Ray, the Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad has agreed to set up new Sub-Health Centres in the remote areas of the Islands, based on the norms of “Time to Care”.

Communicating the decision through his letter addressed to Shri Ray, the Minster said that the Administration has been asked to send the list of such remote areas to ministry at earliest.  Azad also said that the new Sub Health Centres will be set up within 30 minutes of walk from the habitation, to make them accessible for the people living in the remote areas of Islands.

It is noteworthy that Shri Bishnu Pada Ray had written a letter to the Minister on 28th February requesting him to set up new sub health centres in the remote villages, as the people are suffering due to the unavailability of the health facilities.

While at Delhi Ray had met Shri Azad many times and had also requested him to appoint the unemployed 300 GNM Nurses to utilize their services in these Centres.

Expressing his happiness over the development Shri Bishnu Pada Ray told over phone that this decision of the Ministry has brought smiles on the faces of the people of deprived areas of the Islands. Similarly long wait of the unemployed trained Nurses will end soon with this decision.

Port Blair, May 7: A workshop was organised by the PBMC in collaboration with ANET for the Sanitary Supervisory Staff of the Council on 4th May 2013 at the Delanipur Community Hall wherein techniques to distinguish wet/ dry waste and encourage residents to take up segregation at source was taught.

Shri P.B. Murugan, Chairperson PBMC, the chief guest on the occasion stressed on the importance of systematic solid waste management system with the support of public cooperation. He also advised the public, not to throw garbage on the streets and nallahs and to keep their surroundings clean.  

Smti Jameela Bibi, Chairperson, Public Health & Sanitation, Shri Inter Pal Singh, Ward Councillor also attended the workshop apart from the officials of PBMC.

On the occasion, a multi-media presentation on “Segregation of waste at source” was presented by Miss. Tasneem Khan, Assistant Director, ANET. Through her presentation, Miss Khan educated the sanitary supervisory staff on how to collect, distinguish and segregate garbage by spreading awareness among the residents.

Sr. Scientist of ANPCC, Dr. Rishikesh spoke on the management of solid waste and plastic waste in a most acceptable manner. On the occasion, Shri Inder Pal Singh, Councillor of the ward proposed the vote of thanks.