Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Lt. Governor felicitates parents of Esow Alben


Port Blair, Aug 29: Hon’ble Lt. Governor Admiral D.K. Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM (Retd.) felicitated the parents of Shri Esow Alben, a promising young boy of Nicobar, on occasion of National Sports Day- 2018 with an amount of Rs. 1 Lakh in recognition of his recent achievement of winning the Silver Medal in UCI Junior Track Cycling World Championship-2018. The Chief Secretary, Secretary (Sports) and Secretary to LG of A & N Administration were present on the occasion.

Dhanikhari Dam is in good and well maintained condition


TMI Correspondent

Port Blair, Aug 29: As part of exposure tour the media persons has visited Dhanikhari Dam on Aug 28, 2018, where the Assistant Engineers, Shri Kabilan and Junior Engineer, Shri Anbu of PHED, APWD received the media persons.
They also felicitated the scribes and explained about the functioning of the dam. On being asked about the condition of the dam, they informed that the dam is in good condition and even in the giant earthquake and tsunami of 2014, did not suffer damage.
However, the dam was renovated and height of the dam was raised by 5 mtrs in 2013. Shri Kabilan said that the wall is in good and well maintained condition. He Further, informing about the present features of Dhanikhari Dam, the AE Shri Kabilan said, the height of the dam is 37.25 mtrs, length of dam top is 146 mtrs., gross water storage is 8554 ML (RL 66.00), having 3 nos. Gates, the length of spillway is 17 M and design flood is 225 Cumecs. The Dam is presently supplies 28.40 MLD (Millions of Litres per Day) water to various pockets on each supplying day (10.52 MLD for Panchayat areas and 17.88 MLD for Municipal areas through Water Treatment Plant, Lambaline). He further said, now we have sufficient water level and can capable to supply water every day in view of good rainfall in the islands, but in summer seasons its requires to be cautious. However, the Assistant Engineer, APWD, Shri Kabilan has expressed happiness to the Andaman & Nicobar Media Federation (ANMF) for visiting and know the ground reality of Dhanikhari Dam.

ANMF's media exposure tour gets good response from rural populace


Port Blair, 28 Aug: The Andaman & Nicobar Media Federation (ANMF) has organised its maiden media tour-cum-news coverage visit to various Panchayats of South Andaman today, which was organized with the sole aim to know about the status of various development projects under progress in the South Andaman as well as to know about the issues and problems faced by the rural populace.
Despite continuous rain since morning the ANMF determination and media persons' excitement made the programme a grand success. The visit has covered Dhanikhari Dam, Primary Health Centre Tushnabad, Govt. Primary and Middle School Ograbraj, Electricity Office Ograbraj, interaction with Mitakhari area farmers, Tsunami shelters, Govt. Secondary School Namunaghar, Hope Town Jetty, dilapidated Burma Jetty at Namunaghar, Pradhan Office Mitakhari and also witnessed the flooded fields along the roads in rural areas during the journey.
During the news coverage visit, media persons observed that some welfare projects benefitting the people, and people expressed their satisfaction over authorities, and many incomplete projects are still pending and left unattended by concern departments since many years.
The media persons also witnessed the dilapidated condition of schools, and challenges in health centre which still need to pay more attention by the concerned authorities to provide better services to the rural people. The people at most of the places narrated that despite registering of complaints or informing the concern departments nothing fruitful is coming out of the pleas as cutting of old trees on the sides of roads and rectifying old electric wires and upon other general issues.
However, the central government has been introducing and working on big projects as national high ways, bridges and laying of Optical Fibre Cable for the development of islands, but here the rural people cry for the basic infrastructure in the islands. Apart from that, the existing condition of roads are badly affecting the public service vehicles and parking place also becoming a matter of concern for survival, said some passenger vehicle operators at Tusnabad.
The AIR & DDK-the central government media houses also attended the tour and provided adequate coverage. Altogether, 22 media persons participated in the tour-cum-coverage visit to Panchayats and made it a great success in terms of crucial issues, which were examined and noted by media persons for media reports in coming days.
All the media persons have appreciated the efforts of ANMF for organising such Panchayat areas coverage programme in a well organised manner and conveyed hearty thanks to its President, Mr. K Ganeshan. The President, ANMF thanked the media persons for participating in the media exposure tour. He also assured that the issues will be taken up before the competent authorities in the Administration.

IGNOU Admission lasts on August 31

Port Blair, Aug 29: Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), the largest University in the World, announces for Admissions to its Academic programmes for the July 2018 Academic Cycle. The last date for submission of the fresh admission forms both on-line and off-line mode is Friday, 31st August 2018. The programmes includes: BA, BCOM, B.Sc, BTS, BCA, MCA, MEC, MEG, MSO, MPA, MHD, MPS and various other Bachelors, Masters, PG Diploma & Diploma Programmes. For online admission, kindly visit www.ignou.ac.in or any of your nearby CSC Centres. For details regarding the academic programmes, visit IGNOU Website www.ignou.ac.in and refer ‘Common Prospectus’ at site. For offline mode of admission; visit IGNOU Regional Centre, Port Blair, Kannada Sangha Building, Near Syndicate Bank, Mohanpura, Port Blair. Phone: 03192-242888 or 03192-230111, Email: rcportblair@ignou.ac.in or any of its Study Centres at Mayabunder, Hut Bay, Car Nicobar, Kamorta & Campbell Bay, a communication from IGNOU Regional centre, Port Blair said.

Mini RCH Camp at PHC Havelock


Port Blair, Aug 29: The District Administration through its District Health Society (SA) under Union Territory Health Mission, A & N Islands in coordination with Directorate of Health Services has organized Mini RCH Camp at PHC Havelock on 24th August 2018. Ms. Shika Rani Mistri, Pradhan, Gram Panchayat Shyam Nagar inaugurated the camp along with Shri. B. Nagendra, District Programme Manager, District Health Society (SA) and Dr. Sankar Saha, In charge of Medical Officer, PHC Havelock.
 Further, Pradhan asked the gathering to avail the special health care services. She also thanked the Deputy Commissioner, South Andaman and DHS for organizing such camp for benefit of villagers.
Earlier, District Programme Manager, District Health Society (SA) informed that in order to provide Reproductive & Child Health care services in the doorsteps of the community level DHS (SA) is being conducting the Mini RCH camp regularly.
Altogether, 105 cases were screened in the medical camp, out of which 33 cases by Dr. Kusum Kunwar, Gynecologist (NHM), 36 cases by Dr. Shivanand Pimparwar, Pediatrician (NHM) and 36 general cases by Dr. S. Ajay Raj, Asst. Prof. Community Medicine, ANIIMS.
It is also inform that similar type of health camp is being scheduled on 29th August 2018 at PHC R.K Pur, Little Andaman. The general public of Little Andaman are requested to avail the specialist services of Gynecologist and Pediatrician in said camp from 12.00 noon onwards.

Familiarization Tour to boost tourism in A&N Islands

Port Blair, Aug 28: On the initiative of Tourism Department and ANIIDCO in association with Andaman Chamber of Commerce & Industry (ACCI) and Vistara Airlines, a FAM (Familiarization) tour of Travel Agents & Tour Operators has been organized for Andaman & Nicobar Islands. 12 leading Travel Agents & Tour Operators from eastern India have arrived Port Blair on the FAM tour. The Travel Agents & Tour Operators will be visiting various tourist attractions in Havelock, Neil and Port Blair. The FAM tour would create awareness about tourist attractions in the Islands and help promoting the destination. The Travel Agents & Tour Operators shall also be interacting with various stakeholders of the tourism industry during their visit to the Island.

Youths contribute their mite to Kerala relief


PORT BLAIR, Aug 29:A group of youths has raised  Rs. 52,700/ in just three days for Kerala Flood relief.  They collected the money from local shopkeepers and the general public with the intention of donating all the collected money to the Chief Minister's Distress Relief Fund.  They handed the money on August 27, 2018 to Dhiraj Jha, Chief Manager, SBI, Port Blair who lauded the noble work done by the youths headed by Ehtesham Ahmed Khan, Shubhankar Halder, Anshika Mandal, Pallavi Mandal, Salman Khan and Vicky Wao who also have their own Youtube channel i.e. VickyWao.

NCS extends helping hand to Kerala flood victims



Port Blair, Aug 29: The teachers and students of Navy Children School (NCS), Port Blair on Aug 24, 2018 along with civilian volunteers and defence personnel enthusiastically participated in loading 2.5 tons of relief material on board Indian Air Force AN-32 Aircraft for dispatch to flood hit Kerala. Part of this relief material was contributed by the students and staff of the school.
This effort was in support of the initiative taken by the Islanders for the Kerala flood victims, which took wings when Vice Admiral Bimal Varma, AVSM, ADC, Commander -in-Chief, Andaman & Nicobar Command (CINCAN) accepted to dispatch the relief material by Air Force aircraft when approached by the Hon'ble Member of Parliament, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Shri Bishnu Pada Ray.
The Member of Parliament took active interest in the initiative and the first batch of relief material was dispatched on 21st August 2018. The Aircraft flew to Thiruvananthapuram from where the material was further distributed by the Relief Commissioner to the flood affected areas. The second batch left onboard the AN-32.

Ashes of Late Atal Bihari Vajpayee Immersed at Indira Point


Port Blair, Aug 29: On August 27th, 2018 Asthi of former Prime Minister Bharat Ratna Swargiya Atal Bihari Vajpayee was immersed in Indira Point, Campbell Bay by Mr. Vishal Jolly, State President BJP, Mr. Sanjay Singh. State Vice President BJP, E. S. Rajesh, District President BJP, N. Kiran, Mondal President, PRI members and all BJP leaders were present on the occasion. During the Asthi Kalash Yatra from Campbell Bay Airport to Indira Point via Community Hall the large numbers of BJP workers and sympathizers were paid homage to former Prime Minister.

Asthi Kalash Yatra of late Atal Bihari Vajpayee in isles

Port Blair, Aug 22: BJP A&N Islands will organise Asthi Kalash Yatra of former Prime Minister Bharat Ratna late Atal Bihari Vajpayee in these islands. The Asthi Kalash is scheduled to arrive here tomorrow (Aug 23, 2018) at 10 am and the rally will start from Airport to State BJP Head Quarter via Dairyfarm, Junglighat, Goalghar, Delanipur, Phoenix Bay Road, Gandhi Statue, Clock Tower, and Bengali Club. The Asthi Kalash will be kept at State BJP Head Quarter, Middle Point for Shraddhanjali from 11.50 am to 3 AM. On Aug 24, 2018, by 4.00 AM the Asthi Kalash Yatra to Middle & North Andaman will start from State BJP Head Quarter. From 8.00 AM to 9.00 AM, Shraddhanjali Sabha at Nilumber Jetty (Baratang), 10.00 AM at Adajig (Baratang), 11.15 AM at Uttara Bazar, 11.45 AM at Kadamtala Bazar, 1.00 PM at Kausalya Nagar, 1.40 PM at Bakultala, 3.30 PM - 4.15 PM at Rangat Bazar, 4.50 PM at Nimbutala, 5.30 PM at Shivapuram, 6.00 PM at Hari Nagar, 6.30 PM at Basantipur, 7.20 PM at Rest Camp, 7.45 PM at Tugapur and reach Mayabunder.
On Aug 25, 2018, morning 9.00 AM, Shraddhanjali Sabha at Mayabunder, 10.00 AM at Mohanpur, 11.20 AM at Kishori Nagar, 12.10 PM at Sita Nagar, 12.50 PM to 1.30 PM at Diglipur BJP Office and around 2.30 PM the Asthi of former Prime Minister Bharat Ratna Swargiya Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ji will be visarjan in Kalpong River (Diglipur). On Aug 27, 2018, morning 8.00 AM, another Asthi Kalash will be departure for Campbell Bay via Car Nicobar. Shraddhanjali Sabha by Tribal Council at Helipad, Car Nicobar and from 11.00 AM - 1.00 PM, the Shraddhanjali Sabha at Campbell Bay Bazar.  By 1.00 PM the Asthi of former Prime Minister Bharat Ratna Swargiya Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ji will be taken to Indira Point via Jogender Nagar, Vijay Nagar, Laxmi Nagar, Gandhi Nagar, Shastri Nagar, Galathea River and will be visarjan in Indira Point.

Islanders donate relief materials to Kerala flood victims



Port Blair, Aug 22: Setting an example, the people of A&N Islands, have taken an initiative to help people of Kerala, who are now suffering from natural calamity. Dozens and Dozens of faceless and responsible Islanders with the help of the MP, Mr. Bishnu Pada Ray, have raised the fund amounting to Rs. 93,910/- (in rupees) and collected the relief materials worth around 25,00,000 for the flood hit people of Kerala. Packing was done with the help of volunteer  students from DBRAIT and officers and men of Indian Coast Guard and Indian Navy. All the rescue kits are being airlifted by Andaman Nicobar Command to Kerala on Aug 21, 2018. Around 2.5MT relief materials were airlifted to Kerala through aircraft of ANC.

ANC Organized Innovation Competition; CINCAN praises spirit and efforts of participants


Port Blair, Aug 22: To encourage creative thinking and innovative spirit, Andaman & Nicobar Command organized an Idea & Innovation Competition for all Units of the Command at Military Station, Birchgunj on Aug 20, 2018.
The competition, held in various categories, was reviewed by Vice Admiral Bimal Verma, AVSM, ADC, Commander-in-Chief, Andaman & Nicobar Command. He lauded the spirit and efforts of the participants and encouraged them to keep the innovative spirit alive and promote creative thinking amongst all ranks.
The event saw active participation by teams from all components of the Command. A large number of operational & logistics Innovations were on display. It showcased such advanced technology like the Multifunction Display Simulator for Helicopters and Modular Solar Battery charger for soldiers. Various innovations that invoked curiosity of the on lookers included ideas like generation of dummy targets on Radar display for training and practice exercises. The innovations, built using in-house resources, also contribute significant savings to the exchequer.

CBI arrests two engineers of ALHW

Port Blair, 22 Aug: The Central Bureau of Investigation has arrested an Assistant Engineer and a Junior Engineer on Aug 21, 2018, both working in Andaman & Lakshadweep Harbour Work Ltd., Port Blair for demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs. 22,000/- each from the complainant. The case was registered on a complaint wherein it was alleged that the accused had demanded a bribe from the complainant for allowing him to execute the Road repairing Work. CBI laid a trap and caught both the accused red-handed while demanding and accepting a bribe or Rs. 22,000/- each from the complainant. Both the arrested accused was produced before the Special Court, Port Blair.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Access to Andaman Islands eased; Foreigners can visit 29 inhabited islands without Restricted Areas Permit


New Delhi/ Port Blair, Aug 08: Foreigners no longer need a Restricted Areas Permit to visit 29 inhabited islands in the Andaman and Nicobar chain. The Union Home Ministry decided on Tuesday to lift restrictions as the government intends to boost tourism.
An official said 11 other uninhabited islands will also be thrown open to foreigners.
Area permits
The 29 inhabited islands have been excluded from the restricted area permit (RAP) notified under the Foreigners (Restricted Areas) Order, 1963, till December 31, 2022, subject to certain conditions.
However, citizens of Afghanistan, China and Pakistan and foreign nationals having their origin in these countries would continue to require RAP to visit the Union Territory, the official said.
For visiting Mayabunder and Diglipur, citizens of Myanmar will continue to require RAP, which shall be issued only with the prior approval of the ministry.
“To ensure preservation of natural and marine resources, including marine parks and environment, of the Union Territory without affecting tourism and business at large, it should be ensured by the Andaman and Nicobar Islands administration that the guidelines issued by the Environment and Forests Ministry are strictly adhered to,” said the official.
Separate approvals of the competent authority would be required for visiting reserved forests, wildlife sanctuaries and tribal reserves, the official said. (The Hindu)

Training of teachers on school safety begins at South Andaman

Port Blair, Aug 08: The Directorate of Disaster Management in coordination with Directorate of Education, A & N Administration with endeavour to build a culture of safety and resilience at all levels in schools conducted a one day training of teachers programme under National School Safety Programme (NSSP) in the Auditorium of Govt. Girls Senior Secondary School, Port Blair on 08th August, 2018 to train the teachers of South Andaman Educational Zone for implementation of NSSP in Schools.
The chief guest Shri Govind Ram, Director (DM)inaugurated the Training of Teachers Programme on school safety. While highlighting the significance of disaster management he emphasized on Preparedness, Prevention and Mitigation. He further asked the participants to learn the intricacies of School Disaster Management during the training. Other Officers present were Shri Gyan Sheel Dubey, Deputy Director Education (Academic)  and Smti Sunita Chakrabarti, Principal, Govt. Girls Sr. Sec. School, Port Blair who also provided valuable inputs on disaster management in schools of the Islands Territory.
Shri Gyan Singh, Asst. Director (Log.), DDM welcomed the gathering and informed about the past incidences of school catastrophes which led to the introduction of an exclusive school safety programme by the Govt. of India across the country including Andaman & Nicobar Islands.
Shri Deen Mohammed, Safety Officer Directorate of Disaster Management made a power point presentation of vulnerability of A&N Islands towards disasters, roles & responsibilities of Disaster Management Officers and the mechanism of Disaster Management functioning in A&N Islands to mitigate the disaster and status of disaster preparedness.
Shri Manu Thomas, Asst. Engineer, APWD, enlightened the participants with a presentation on Structural Safety in schools and earthquake resistance buildings in seismic zone – V.
In the post lunch session, ShriVikash, SI (NDRF) elaborated the role and responsibilities of NDRF and subsequently the NDRF demonstrated life-saving skills. 
Shri Kuppuswamy, Junior Engineer (Education), elucidated at length on implementation of National Guidelines on School Safety Policy in schools of this Territory and also requested the participants to prepare the School Disaster Management Plan at the earliest.
Later in the day, Dr. Tapas Kumar Dakua, Department of Health on lightened the trainees through an extensive power point presentation on basic First-Aid, which covered the entire gamut of Medical First Response (MFR) which will come handy at times of peril in schools.
Shri Sanjeev Kumar Bishnoi, Inspector, A&N Police Fire Service, Port Blair explained in detail on basic fire fighting and shed certain myths on fire and also taught how to handle different fire extinguishers.

Huge haul of Ganja by CID

Port Blair, Aug 08: On 1st Aug a tip off was received that one person namely Brajogopal Sarkar, S/o  Narugopal Sarkar (29 Yrs) of district North 24 Parganas, West Bengal, travelling from Kolkata to Port Blair by Vistara flight was bringing ganja in huge quantity. Upon this information,CID team interceptedthe suspect near arrival side parking area of VSI Airport. During checking of suspect’s luggage 3 packets wrapped with duct tape were found concealed in his bag. On opening the same, these were found to be ganja, weighing 6.191Kgs.
The general public is requested to inform about any credible information pertaining to sale or possession of contrabands or any other illegal activity on the following telephone numbers– 233307, 242198, 9474290250. The identity of the informer will be kept secret.

New Chief Secretary assumes office

Port Blair, Aug 08: Shri Chetan Bhushan Sanghi, IAS, (AGMUT: 1988) assumed office as the Chief Secretary of A&N Administration on Aug 06, 2018. Shri Sanghi succeeds Shri Anindo Majumdar, who has been transferred to New Delhi.

IGNOU activated Gyandarshan TV Channel

Port Blair, Aug 08: The Educational TV Channels of India namely Gyandarshan- 1 and Gyandarshan-2 has been activated at IGNOU Regional Centre, Port Blair on Saturday, 04th August, 2018 at 10.30 AM by Shri. G.Dhinakaran, Partner, Andaman Cable Network, Port Blair in presence of Dr. Dhanraj, Producer, Doordarshan Kendra, Port Blair, Dr. S. Ganesan, Regional Director, IGNOU Regional Centre Port Blair  and a gathering of IGNOU students.
Being Educational TV channels of India, the 24X7 satellite based TV Channels, will provide educational programmes for children, students, teachers of all levels of educational system. The Gyandarshan-II channel will have live programme during 4 to 5 PM daily, exclusively for IGNOU learners. This Gyandarshan-1 & 2 signals are readily available through Andaman Cable Network (ACN-Port Blair) under DD channels group. Therefore, the 43000 students of IGNOU, in A & N Islands can see easily Gyandarshan from their residence also. They can also interact in academic content based telecast with resource persons on 011-29532844, 29532845 at IGNOU studio.  The Gyandarshan channels are one of the substitutes for face -to -face classes/private tuitions of IGNOU distance learners, a communication from IGNOU Regional centre, Port Blair said.

Ranchi Basti murder case; 18 year old boy arrested

Port Blair, Aug 8: On 02/08/2018 early morning a dead body of middle aged woman was found in the bush near water treatment plant Ranchi Basti. The deceased came out to be one Smt. G. Selvi, aged 40 yrs R/o Ranchi Basti, Lamba Line. Accordingly, a case of murder was registered at PS Aberdeen and investigation started immediately. Police swung into action and thoroughly combed the area where the body was found. Inquiries in the area were carried out widely. Many suspects were rounded up. During this process one minor who reportedly saw the incident narrated the incidence of said crime. Accordingly his statement was recorded through child line team “Prayas”. On his statement before NGO and U/s 164 CrPC before Court, one accused Rithik Halder S/o Shri Tapan Halder (18 yrs) R/o Ranchi Basthi, School Line has been arrested. The child witness was produced before the court for obtaining his statement u/s. 164 Cr. PC. The arrested accused has been taken on 5- day police remand. The possibility of more than one person involved in this case is being investigated. Investigation is on. Separate teams have been constituted for different segments of investigation and all out effort is on to get to the bottom of the heinous crime threadbare.
In this connection a delegation of Andaman Tamizhar Sangam also met the SP South Andaman District. They all were apprised about the investigation status. Further, keeping in view the sensitivity of the case and as per guidance from senior officials, one SIT under SDPO (SA) comprising of SHO Aberdeen and other subordinate officials has been formed. They will investigate the case on day to day basis under close supervision of SP/South Andaman. The case is also being reviewed and monitored at the senior level in PHQ on day to day basis.

ICG rescues of 343 passengers of distressed MV Swaraj Dweep


Port Blair, Aug 08: In an excellently co-ordinated midnight rescue mission, Indian Coast Guard ship Aruna Asaf Ali de-flooded distressed DSS passenger vessel MV  Swaraj Dweep’ which was having 343 personnel onboard.  The vessel reported flooding about 40 nautical miles east of Carnic Nicobar Island, 190 nautical miles south of Port Blair.
The passenger vessel had sailed from Port Blair on 1st Aug with 250 passengers and 93 crew onboard, alongwith cargo containers for Nancowry Island. However, water ingress was observed in the vessel’s forward section at hold no.2 due to which the cargo hold was flooded upto 05 meters level. Despite all out efforts by ship staff and continuous pumping, water level did not fall below 5 metres.
Post assessment of situation and severe sea conditions, the master of the vessel relayed midnight distress message to Indian Coast Guard Maritime Rescue Coordinating Centre, Port Blair at about 0140 hrs (early hours of Aug 02, 2018). Immediately on receipt of message, Coast Guard swiftly launched a rescue operation for the safety of the 343 precious lives onboard. Coast Guard ship ICGS Aruna Asaf Ali was swiftly sailed from Kamorta to assist the distressed vessel. Meanwhile, captain of the ship was directed to head towards Carnic anchorage.
In the early morning hours CG diving team comprising of five experienced divers, ex Port Blair, embarked onboard Coast Guard Dornier aircraft for Carnic. On landing at Carnic, the team joined ship’s damage control team. All out efforts by the ICG ship’s damage control team resulted in de-flooding of the vessel using submersible and diesel driven pumps. The team is fully prepared to undertake underwater damage control as soon as the leakage is isolated.
By the time of issuing this report, water level was brought down to 1ft and evacuation of passengers by ICG ship Aruna Asaf Ali and DSS vessel Kamorta had commenced. The passengers are being ferried to safety before they embark respective vessels for their destinations.

Ethics of Public Administration for Govt. Servants


v  Dr. S. Ganesan
Regional Director, IGNOU
v  G. Siva Ramaiah
IGNOU Student

Ethics is a system of accepted beliefs, morals and values, which influence human behavior. More specially, it is a system based on morals. Thus, ethics is the study of what is morally right, and what is not. Ethics is a comprehensive concept, encompassing all facts of administration. Emphasis on moral and ethical norms have been an integral part of our tradition. Though voices of corruption, malpractices and bureau pathologies have slowly creeped in our system, the combat measures have not been very effective. Administrative reform measures have to be holistic enough taking into their purview questions on nature of work ethics, various dimensions of ethics, focio and concerns of ethics, and also the nature of obstacles to ethical accountability. For any governance system to be transparent, accountable, efficient and sensitive, a code of ethics in the form of service rules, procedural norms and administrative strategies is the requirement of the day.
 In public administration, ethics focuses on how the public administrator should question and reflect in order to be able to act responsibly. We cannot simply bifurcate the two by saying that ethics deals with morals and values, while public administration is about actions and decisions. Administering accountability and ethics is a difficult task. The levels of ethics in governance are dependent on the social, economic, political, cultural, legal-judicial and historical contexts of the country. These specific factors influence the nature of ethics in public administrative systems.
 The gist of wisdom on administrative ethics is that the public administrators are the “guardians” of the Administrative State. Hence, they are expected to honour public trust and not violate it. Two crucial questions raised in the context are: “Why guardians should be guarded? And “Who guards the guardian?” The administrators need to be guarded against their tendency to misconceive public interest, promote self-interest, indulge in corruption and cause subversion of national interest. And they need to be guarded by the external institutions such as the judiciary, legislature, political executive, media and civil society organizations. These various modes of control become instruments of accountability.
 Context of ethics:
Ethics, whether in an entire society, or in a social sub-system, evolves over a long period of time and is influenced, during its nurturance and growth, by a variety of environmental factors. Administrative ethics is no different. It is the product of several contextual structures and it never ceases to grow and change.  Following are some of the contextual factors that influence ethics in public administration systems:
·         Historical context
·         Socio-cultural context
·         Legal-judicial context
·         Political context
·         Economic context
 Issue of Ethics: Foci and Concerns is the administrative system confined to acting morally in its conduct or does it also share the responsibility of protecting and promoting an ethical order in the larger society? Most of the focus on administrative morality is on the aspect of brobity within the administrative system, there is a need to consider the issue of the responsibility of the governance system to create and sustain an ethical ambience in the socio-economic system that would nurture and protect the basic moral values. Moral political philosophy assumes that the rulers will not only the moral themselves, but also be the guardians of morality in a society.
 Aspects of Ethics in Public Administration are:
 Maxim of legality and Rationality: Administrator will follow the law and rules that are framed to govern and guide various categories of policies and decisions.
 Responsibility and Accountability: Administrator would not hesitate to accept responsibility for his/her decision and actions. He/she would hold himself/herself morally responsible for his/her actions and for the use of his/her discretion while making decisions. He/she would be willing to be held accountable to higher authorities of governance and even to the people who are the ultimate beneficiaries of his/her decisions and actions.
 Work commitment:  Administrator would be committed to his/her duties and perform his/her work involvement and  intelligence. Every duty is holy and devotion to duty is the higher form of worship. This would also entail a respect for time, punctuality and fulfillment of promises made. Work is considered not as a burden but as an opportunity to serve and constructively contribute to society.
 Excellence: An administrator would ensure the highest standards of quality in administrative decisions and action and would not compromise with standards because of convenience or complacency. In a competitive international environment, an administrative system should faithfully adhere to the requisites of Total Quality Management.
 Fusion: Administrator would rationally bring about a fusion of individual, organizational and social goals to help evolve unison of ideals and imbibe in his behavior a commitment to such a fusion. In situation of conflicting goals, a concern for ethics should govern the choices made.
 Responsiveness and Resilience: Administrator would respond effectively to the demands and challenges from the external as well as internal environment. He/she would adapt to environmental transformation and yet sustain the ethical norms of conduct. In situations of deviation from the prescribed ethical norms, the administrative system would show resilience and bounce back into the accepted ethical mould at the earliest opportunity.
 Utilitarianism: While making and implementing policies and decisions, an administrator will ensure that these lead to the greatest good (happiness, benefits) of the greatest number.
 Compassion: An Administrator, without violating the prescribed laws and rules, would demonstrate compassion for the poor, the disabled and the weak while using his/her discretion in making decisions. He/she would not grant any benefits to the stronger sections of society only; because they are strong, and would not deny the due consideration to the weak despite their weakness.
National Interest: Though universalistic in orientation and liberal in outlook, a civil servant, while performing his/her duties, would keep in view the impact of his/her action on his/her nation’s strength and prestige. While performing their official roles, have at the back of their mind a concern and respect for their nation. This automatically raises the level of service rendered and the products delivered.
 Justice:  Those responsible for formulation and execution of policies and decisions of governance would ensure that respect is shown to the principles of equality, equity, fairness, impartiality and objectivity, and no special favours are doled out on the criteria of status, position, power, gender, class, caste or wealth.
 Transparency:  An administrator will make decisions and implement them in a transparent manner so that those affected by the decisions, and those who wish to evaluate their rationale, will be able to understand the reasons behind such decisions and the sources of information on which these decisions were made.
 Integrity:  An Administrator would undertake an administrative action on the basis of honesty and not use his/her power, position and discretion to serve his/her personal interest and the illegitimate interests of other individuals or groups.
 This kind of specific theoretical knowledge on ethics, public administration can be obtained from MA in Public Administration, BA in Public Administration programmes of IGNOU. It covers: Public Systems Management, Decentralization and Local Governance, Electronic Governance and India; Democracy and Development, Administrative Theory, Indian Administration, Development Administration, Personal Administration, Financial Administration and Public Policy.
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(The authors are Dr. S. Ganesan, Regional Director of IGNOU, Regional Centre, Port Blair and G. Siva Ramaiah, IGNOU student and can be reached at rcportblair@ignou.ac.in)

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Tour Operators’ proposed ‘Chakka Jam’ may affect the whole, as demands remain unmet

TMI Bureau
Port Blair, Aug 01: The Island Tourism Federation (ITF) staged a peaceful mass rally, the rally started from Marina Park and concluded at Tourism Department Office. More than 3000 rallyists were participated the march in support of their 16 points charter demands.
As per reliable sources, the Andaman Association of Tour Operators (AATO) President, M. Vinod along with some members have met with the Chief Secretary and discussed about the problems faced by tourism industry, but the Chief Secretary left the meeting midway and the other concerned officers were almost tight-lipped, and their only response was the routine "will look into".
After all endeavours, the Island Tourism Federation is deciding to join the 'Chakka Jam' called by Baratang Tourist Fiber-boat Owners Association (BTFOA) on Aug 04, 2018. The Federation might decide upon Andaman Bandh the same day after discussing it with all the stakeholders in the Islands.

Congress launches fresh offensive on “Rafale deal”


TMI Correspondent
Port Blair, Aug 01: Releasing a set of some documents, the Pradesh Congress Committee hit out at Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi and Defence Minister, Smt. Niramala Sitharaman over the much debated Rafale deal, alleging that the Centre has misled the country in revealing the pricing of the aircraft and comprised on national interest. Addressing a press conference on July 28, 2018, Shri K Ganeshan, Chief Spokesperson of the party said that the Modi led NDA government has been exposed with a multi-crore scam in Rafale Aircraft deal to benefit Modi's crony capitalist friend by sacrificing the interest of public sector undertaking, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited.
"During Congress led UPA government in December 2012, the international price bid per aircraft was opened @ Rs 526.10 crore. So the total cost of 36 aircrafts was Rs. 18940 Crore. But the Modi Government purchased the same aircraft in 2018 @ Rs. 1670.70 Crore i.e. 60,145 crore for 36 aircrafts. This has been revealed in the Annual Report-2016 of Dassault Aviation. The report also revealed that Dassault Aviation sold 48 Rafale aircrafts to two other countries- Egypt and Qatar (24 to Egypt and 24 to Qatar) in 2015 @ Rs. 1319.80 Crore, whereas India purchased the same aircraft @ Rs. 1670 crore. Hence compared to other countries, India paid Rs. 350.90 Crore in excess for each aircraft and Rs. 12,632 Crore for the entire deal," said Mr. Ganeshan.
"The Rafale deal has led to multi-crore loss to public exchequer, but still the Modi Government is not coming out with the truth and trying to hide facts by misleading the people of India. The Annual Report-2016 of Dassault Aviation has disclosed the cost of each aircraft paid by India. But Modi Government is not coming out with details and not disclosing the cost of the deal. With the justification of some or other security reasons, facts and figures are not disclosed by the Defense Ministry, GoI. The only organisation in India having the expertise of aircraft manufacturing from many decades i.e. the Public Sector undertaking Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) was bypassed for getting Rs. 36000 Crore worth "offset Contract" despite the work share agreement signed between HAL and Rafale- Dassault aviation. The Reliance group company "Reliance Defense" was awarded with the "offset Contract" for Rs. 30000 Crore, though the agency has zero experience of aircraft manufacturing and maintenance," he added.
Speaking on the occasion, the District Spokesperson, PCC, Shri Tamilselvan alleges that “the frustrated BJP is now playing a 3D Game on Rafale - Diversion, Damning Lies and Deception during the discussion on 'No Confidence Motion' in the Parliament recently. The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi failed to respond to the several questions asked by Congress President, Mr. Rahul Gandhi on the 'Rafale Deal' pricing, while the Defence Minister, Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman blatantly lied and misled the people and Parliament. The diabolical game of loss to public exchequer has ended up sacrificing the interest of Public Sector Undertaking, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL)”. He further said, instead of hiding behind the cloak of 'Nationalism', PM Modi and the BJP govt. must come clean on how their actions compromised 'National Security', sacrificed the interest of a public sector undertaking (HAL) and benefitted his crony capitalist friends.

Admn. signs MoU with NIWS, Goa

Port Blair, Aug 01: A&N Administration has signed a MoU with National Institute of Water Sports, (NIWS) Goa, Goa on 26/07/2018 for effective monitoring & regulation of Adventure Water sports in Andaman & Nicobar Islands and firming up an annual calendar to enable NIWS, Goa to conduct affordable and quality training in various Water sports/ Lifeguarding/ similar/ related activities for the interested candidates in Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
As part of MoU, National institute of Water Sport, Goa will provide training and licensing to the local youths of these Islands for safe and efficient practicing of water sports, conduct audit of Adventure Water Sports units and provide inputs/ support/ advice etc. for the development of policy framework, safety mechanisms and guidelines for the safe and effective conduct, monitoring and regulation of Adventure Water Sports in these Islands.
The National Institute of Water Sports (NIWS), Goa has been setup by the Ministry of Tourism (GoI) as an 'Apex' body for training, education, consultancy and research to usher in an era of leisure-water sporting segment in the country. The Institute is envisaged to function as a model for similar initiatives/ entrepreneurs with regard to faculty and staff, training infrastructure, water sport equipment and specialized and berthing facilities.

Nurse Students Interaction at IGNOU


Port Blair, Aug 01: The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), Regional Centre, Port Blair has conducted face-to-face interaction session with newly admitted students of Bridge Programme Certificate in Community Health for Nurses (BPCCHN) of Programme Study Centre-0212P, ANIIMS, Port Blair. The interaction session was held during Afternoon on Tuesday 31st July, 2018 at IGNOU- Regional Centre, Port Blair. All the thirty students of BPCCHN -July 2018 batch attended the interaction session to know more details about preparation of assignments, term-end-examination question pattern etc. The Regional Director Dr.S.Ganesan, and Assistant Regional Director Dr. T. R. Satyakeerthy interacted with the BPCCHN students.

Appl. invited for advance training in handicrafts

Port Blair, Aug 01: The Directorate of Industries will sponsor candidates for undergoing one month Advance Training in Bamboo & Cane Handicrafts at Bamboo & Cane Development Institute (BCDI), Agartala.
Applications have been invited from interested practising artisans, unemployed youth/ potential entrepreneurs who have undergone basic training in Bamboo & Cane handicrafts in the prescribed format available in the Training Cell of the Directorate of Industries latest by 10th August 2018.

Life Skills Education for School Children


v  Dr. S. Ganesan
Regional Director, IGNOU
v  Dr.T.R. Satyakeerthy
Assistant Regional Director, IGNOU

Our everyday life starting from sunrise to mid-night needs lot of skills to manage our day-time as well as might-time activities. The school going children learn such skills at home, school and outside environments.  But, all the children could not get same or similar skills for their life. Both the parents and teachers integratelly should try to upgrade the life skill education for the children. The process should be rapid to meet the growing requirements of children life.
We all witness the higher level skills in poor children as compared to rich children. Why it is so? The compelling situations make the learning fast and strong. Frequent re-occurrence of difficulty situations moulds the children to handle it wisely and skillfully. Due to this fact, the poor children are able to enhance their life skills of higher order.
Getting ready for school, catching the school van at right time at right bus stop etc, are normal day-to-day skills required for school children. Managing the school bags, tiffin box, water bottle, pencil box etc are few real life challenges for them. Students learn lot many things while travelling from home to school and back. The real world exposures gradually trains the children to manage the life.
In Mumbai, getting into metro electric train is treated as ‘Guinness   Record” for new traveler. To go to United States, the skill of cooking, skill of cleaning and maintenance of kitchen items are paramount important besides US-Visa. Doing everything independently in US, is not that easy life for our Indian school children. Even if you purchase a table and chair, you should have the skill to assemble it yourself without the help of carpenter. In other words, location –to- location, the life skills requirements also varies.
The following are some of common, important life skills required for school children:
Self-Awareness includes our recognition of ourselves, our character, strengths and weaknesses, desires and dislikes. It is learning about me as a special person. It is a pre-requisite for effective communication, interpersonal relationship and developing empathy.
Empathy is an ability to imagine what life is like for another person even in a situation that we may not be familiar with? It helps us to understand and accept others and their behavior that may be very different from ourselves i.e. understanding how people are alike and how we differ. It includes skills like-ability to listen, understand others needs and circumstances, ability to express that understanding.
Critical Thinking is ability to analyze information and experience in an objective manner. This include skills like-analyzing peer and media influences, analyzing attitudes, values, social norms, beliefs, and factors affecting them identifying relevant information and sources of information.
Creative Thinking is an ability that helps us look beyond our direct experience and address issues in a perspective which is different from the obvious. It adds novelty and flexibility to the situation of our daily life. It is the ability to analyze information and experiences in an objective manner. It contributes to problem solving and decision making by enabling us to explore available alternatives and various consequences of our action or non-action.
Decision-Making is process of making assessment of an issue by considering all possible/available options and the effects of different decisions might have on them. It is the ability to weigh the pros and cons of alternative and accepting responsibility for the consequences of the decision.
Problem Solving refers to having made decisions about each of the options, choosing the one which is the best suited and following it through the process till a positive outcome of the problem is achieved. In all, it is identifying problems, exploring alternatives and making rational decision. For developing these skills, one needs to have information –gathering skills, evaluating future consequences of present actions for self and others determining alternative solutions to problems.
Effective Communication is ability to express ourselves both verbally and non-verbally in an appropriate manner. This means being able to express desires, opinions, and fears and seek assistance and advice in times of need. Skills include-Verbal/non-verbal communication, active listening, expressing feelings, giving feedback without blaming, receiving feedback.
Interpersonal Relationship Skill that helps us to understand our relations with others and relate in a positive/reciprocal manner with them. It helps us to value and maintain relationship with friends and family members and also be able to end relationships constructively. It helps in working with others and understanding roles and constraints of others.
Coping with Stress is an ability to recognize the source of stress in our lives, its effect on us and acting in ways that help to control our levels of stress. This may involve identifying stress, time management, positive thinking and taking action to reduce some stress for example changes in physical environment, life styles, learning to relax etc. This is the important skill to be developed in children of the present world.
Coping with Emotions is ability, which involves recognizing emotions in others and ourselves, being aware of how emotions influence behaviors and being able to respond to emotions appropriately. It helps to understand that there are a range of emotions and the expression of emotions may be different for different people in response to the same situation. It may include managing anger, dealing with grief and anxiety, coping with loss, abuse and trauma.
Household related skills are needed to carry out our day –today activities in the house. It includes skills like cooking, balanced diet, washing clothes, sweeping and cleaning, kitchen gardening, health and hygiene, mending, stitching, thrift and household remedies.
Family related skills that are related to management of all the family affairs. All the family related skills such as planned and responsible parenthood, AIDS/HIV/ STD awareness, drug abuse, sex education, menstrual management, handling and stopping family violence, verbal and physical abuse, child abuse, sexual harassment, first aid (burn, injuries, snake bite drowning, poisoning etc.) home nursing, health and nutrition are included in it.
Accessing Public Services  skills relate to knowing and understanding of accessing and operating the existing public services for day -to -day functioning of life thereby benefitting family, community and society for improving the quality of life. It includes skills like post and telegraphs operations, rail/bus services, banking operations, accessing health and sanitation service, traffic rules and regulation and computer literacy including internet ticket booking.
Environmental Awareness relates to protection, conservation and preservation of environment, understanding the close relationship between human beings, their activities and the surrounding in which they live. The environmental related skills are: protection of environment, identification of pollution hazards and polluting agents, conservation of resources, recycling of bio -degradable materials for daily use, love and care for plants and animals, use of eco friendly techniques and disaster management (floods, earthquake cyclone etc.).
 Legal Literacy is important that children are made aware about laws that govern human life. These laws are essential to combat conflicts arising out of continuing deep seated inequalities of caste, class, religion and above all gender inequalities. It is important to build in our children, enough understanding and commitment to human progress through the content and process of school education. The key to all human developments lies in ensuring observance of laws and not enforcement by external agencies. This includes skills related to constitutional rights and duties, right to education, consumer education, human rights, rights of the child, right of women, personal and social laws, labour laws related to crime against women and public interest litigation.
Forms of life skills are Yoga, Sports and Games, Karate, Dance and Music, Art and Craft, Dramatics/Theatre, Community Service, Excursions & Adventure Camps, Competitions and Celebrations and Special Events etc.
Curricular and Co-Curricular Activities can include knowing Myself, Healthy Community, Love for Animals and Birds, Nutritional Snack Competition, How to Protect Myself, Know Your Rights, Managing Stress, Social Sensitivity, Water is Precious etc.
The IGNOU provides such life-skill education to parents, teachers through                        PG Certificate in Value Education (PGCVE). The moral education, life skill education are part of value education. Value education  has been designed to inculcate  the importance of value education in teaching learning process among teachers, teacher educators, graduates, NGO’s and professionals from corporate and other sectors. To orient the target group of teachers (mostly elementary) for integrating values in their transactional process of teaching and learning, To generate awareness and interest for inculcating positive values among teachers, professionals, students, parents and the community and to develop awareness and societal responsibility among NGO’s Government servants and civil society organizations.

Value education contains
* Over view and perspectives of values
* Social Dynamics and Value Development
* Pedagogy of Values
* application and support skills

To train our young ones, such professional qualifications or relevant education is highly essential. It is more true for nuclear family set-ups as compared to joint family system. Let us all try to communicate and transfer our acquired life skills to our school children.
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(The authors are Dr.S. Ganesan, Regional Director and Dr.T.R. Satyakeerthy, Assistant Regional Director of IGNOU, Regional Centre, Port Blair and can be reached at rcportblair@ignou.ac.in)