Sunday, September 9, 2018

Andaman Bandh today - Islanders hope for effective & successful Bandh

TMI Bureau
Port Blair, Sept 05: To protect the employment opportunity for islanders, the Joint Action Forum called a 24 hours Bandh on Sept 06, 2018 in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands from 6:00 am to next morning 6:00 am. After the gathering is addressed at Tiranga Park Bhatu Basti, Tiranga Park Aberdeen and Tylerabad Junction, the volunteers will move around Port Blair city and suburbs to request the shops and establishments to close for the day for sake of islanders' future. The bund is intended to press on the demand to implement "Inner Line Permit" and to ensure that the domiciles of the place get their right to job and livelihood opportunities.
The Joint Action Forum (JAF) gets active support from all private organisation/ firms like private schools, auto unions, private bus union, business groups, shop keepers and huge number of islander volunteer youths. The JAF expects that the bund will receive a very good response and the bund would affect right from Diglipur to Campbell Bay, where people have already planned similar meetings like in Port Blair.
However, political parties extending their partial support to JAF, since many of the JAF volunteers are active members of some political parties as well. Obviously, in view of the forthcoming elections, the political parties cannot take the risk to provide direct support to JAF on such crucial issue, which may affect the vote bank in the A&N Islands. Besides, the MP of A&N Islands believe that the Andaman Bandh is unconstitutional and he would not support "Inner Line Permit". Whereas, the Forum claims that, if, it is unconstitutional then how the Hon'ble Supreme Court of India accepted the recommendations of Shekar Singh Commission at the first place on "Inner Line Permit".
Although, the actual data about the influx of foreign intruders in the A&N Islands is yet a million dollar question, thanks to the Islands' security agencies, for scrolling their responsibility upon general public, "requesting people of these Islands to come forward and report to nearest police station, if they have any such credible information of Bangladeshi or any other foreign National living in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, illegally", appeared in local medias many times.
However, 'the proposed issuance of Smart Islanders Card and a proper Census in 2021 will reveal some concrete facts about the figure', say some experts.

Port Blair dated the  05th Sept. 2018
In view of the proposed public meeting at Tiranga Park, Aberdeen Bazar regarding implementation of Inner Line Permit System on 06th Sept. 2018, all concerned organizations/ political leaders and general public are appealed to maintain peace and tranquility. It should be ensured that no general public, citizens and tourists are inconvenienced in any way.
Adequate arrangements have been made to ensure law & order in the District. In case of any law & order issue or otherwise, police assistance may be called for, on telephone No.100.
Deputy Commsioner
South Andaman District

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