Thursday, July 19, 2018

DC SA highlights achievements of Revenue Department - Strives for more transparency, accountability and efficient delivery of services: Udit Prakash Rai

TMI Correspondent
Port Blair, July 18: The Deputy Commissioner of South Andaman, Mr. Udit Prakash Rai addressing a press conference today has informed that the Revenue Department has adopted a citizen-centric and corruption-free approach and is committed to maintain transparency and deliver services with efficiency to people. Besides reaching out to people at their doorsteps, the Revenue Department has been striving for more transparency, accountability and simplification in delivery of services.
A&N Islands is the first in our country, who made registration of lands through e-services, said DC and expressed thanks to media units for sensitizing masses. He further proposed to organise press conferences on monthly basis.
As on 12th May 2018, altogether 47777 e-forms have been issued which include 353995 from South Andaman Division, 11127 from North and Middle Andaman and 1255 from other departments. By removing an existing superfluous verification level, the verification of e-applications will speed up and thereby will shorten the actual service deliverance period. Every level of verification/approval of e-application/manual application will have to be cleared by the concerned Patwari/ Revenue Inspector /Tehsildar in a decided time bound manner i.e. 04 days, 03 days and 03 days respectively. Individual responsibility will be fixed against concerned Patwari/ Revenue Inspector/Tehsildar in case of any delay/deviation from the said decided time period."
"To ensure zero level tolerance and to monitor daily pendency at each level, i.e. at the level of Patwari, Revenue Inspector and Tehsildar, the reporting system of the software have been modified suitably. This will help in ascertaining that on whose part delay disposing the application is attributed to. Departmental action under applicable service rules will be initiated against the concerned Patwari/ Revenue Inspector/ Tehsildar in case of each delay/ deviation. General public can also complain against default in the time line. Normally some applications are rejected due to the clerical errors while applying for any certificate, now efforts are being made to modify the system so that the Tehsildar concerned can revise/correct the error at his own level. This will reduce the number of rejection of application and will help the citizens by avoiding the process of re-apply. Due to shortage of Revenue Surveyor, around 200 no. of demarcation applications are pending. To reduce such pendency, the existing and newly recruited Patwari and all Revenue Inspectors will be given a proper training of survey and demarcation. The process of recruitment of Patwari has been completed in fair and transparent manner by the department.
Recruitment of Surveyor has been initiated and will be completed by September, 2018. The DPCs in respect of Dy. Tehsildar and Revenue Inspector have been conveyed by the department resulting into promotions of new Dy. Tehsildar and Revenue Inspectors so as to strengthen field staff of revenue department. In case of any grievance with respect to field functionary of Revenue Department, the general public can contact the Sub-Divisional Magistrate (S/A) Ph: 9923084555 and the Deputy Commissioner (S/A) Ph:9434280018," he informed.
Refuting allegations of illegal extraction of quarry products, Mr. Udit Prakash Rai informed that it is for the first time that the district administration has taken some serious systemic step to regulate the movement of aggregates. "2 check posts have been established and manned round the clock by civil defence volunteers. The staffs deputed at the check posts are being changed every week to ensure that there is compromise and complacency. Besides, both the check posts are under CCTV surveillance and staff maintain log of all the trucks doing movement which can be given to any public on demand. For the first time, the district administration stopped movement of vehicles in the night and the check posts are closed after 5 pm. Quarry and crusher operators are required to strictly abide by the pollution control norms and are certified to operate with a valid permit given by the Pollution Control Committee. Any violation in this regard is dealt with strictly as per rules and quarry operators have been directed to operate in demarcated areas only. The district administration has imposed heavy fines in the past two years on illegal earth cutting and boulder movement. Around Rs,1,09,42,200/- realized as penalty which includes Rs.90,98,000/- in 2017 and Rs.18,44,200/- in 2018," added the DC.

ANMF’s maiden conference on role of media in isles held

Port Blair, July 18: "The role of private media here has been augmenting day by day and it serves as a vigilant watchdog of the society in these islands. It creates awareness among the people regarding their rights and duties. Media today has become central to politics and public life and it should promote involvement of people in policy decisions of the government," observed the Member of Parliament," Mr. Bishnu Pada Ray. He was addressing a day-long conference organised by the Andaman and Nicobar Media Federation (ANMF) on the role of private media in these islands on July 16, 2018. Padmashree awardee and ambassador of Swachh Bharat Mission, A & N Islands, Mr. Naresh Chander Lall was the guest of honour, while representatives from various political parties, social organisations, journalists attended the conference.
Appreciating the active role of the private media in these islands, Mr Ray said that the media here always kept the administration alert on issues relating to public interest. "As the Member of Parliament, I credit the private media here which always kept highlighting my works for the community. In my opinion, there should be regular interaction between the administration and the media so that the masses are kept informed about the developmental initiatives undertaken by the government. The media should bring the truth before public. The media has all the right to criticize a public figure or an organization, but it should be based on facts. Moreover, the media should refrain from publishing reports that can derail the development initiatives of the government," said the Member of Parliament assuring all support to media organizations in their endeavours. Mr. Naresh Chandra Lall said that private media here has been playing an important role covering all spheres in these islands. It also played an important role in giving platform to the artists and not only encouraged artists, but also presented their talent to everyone.
The general secretary of ANMF, Mr. Sanjib Kumar Roy said that the media here is playing the role of the opposition. The work of the media is to inform the administration about public affairs and highlight problems faced by the society. It's the local media here which reports about serious crimes like rape, suicide, POCSO violations etc whereas the government run daily tries to veil flaws on the part of the government authorities," he said.  A discussion session was organised in the second phase of the conference. In addition to the leaders of the major political parties of the archipelago, people from Chamber of Commerce and Industries and other areas also expressed their views on the role of media in the archipelago.
The president of Pradesh Congress Committee, Mr. Kuldeep Rai Sharma lauded ANMF for organising such a conference for the first time in these islands. "This kind of conference should be organized from time to time. With the advent of social media, there has been a lot of challenges before the print media. Regardless, the media of its archipelago is doing its job without any discrimination," he said assuring financial support to the local media through advertisements from the Andaman Nicobar State Co-operative Bank. Mr. Sanjay Meshack, convener of Aam Aadmi Party, A & N Islands, said that the media is doing commendable work in the archipelago. "It has brought the truth from time to time. Journalists should always publish the news on the basis of truth and facts before the islanders."
The Principal of JNRM, Dr. N Francis Xavier, former Municipal Chairperson, Smt. Sheela Singh, Deputy Director of PIB, Port Blair, Mr. Nilesh Kumar Kalbhor, Dr. S Ganesan, Regional Director, IGNOU, Port Blair, Smt Rubina Siddiqui, Smt Kiran Tigga, Mr. Suderendra Dahladka of Andaman Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Subir Chander etc. also spoke on the occasion. Earlier, welcoming the gathering, the president of ANMF, Mr. K Ganeshan highlighted the role of media and journalists in the Isles. He also raised many issues related to journalists and the media world. Journalists here have never lagged behind in raising local issues and strived to provide information related to the new path and development of the society, he added.

Disaster Management exhibitions and mock drills in schools of Port Blair

Port Blair, July 18: During the Conference 2018 of Directors General/ Inspectors General of Police of States and UTs and Heads of Central Police Organization at New Delhi where one of the decisions taken relates to the conduct of Exhibitions on the theme of Disaster Management and Mock Drills in all (AMRUT) Cities covering major educational institutions.
As per the initiative of the National Disaster Management Authority, New Delhi, the Directorate of Disaster Management in coordination with the Department of Education, Health, A&N Police Fire Services and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) is organizing Disaster Management Exhibitions and Mock Drills in all Schools of Port Blair City to generate adequate and appropriate awareness amongst children and youths on the basics of disaster management. Accordingly the first DM Exhibition & Mock Drill will be held on 20.07.2018 at Govt. Sr. Sec. School, Haddo (Hindi Medium), Port Blair and later on to the other schools in Port Blair City.

Journalism courses offered by IGNOU in the Islands

Sl. No
Name of the Programme
Prog. Code
Total Prog. Fee
Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism and Mass Communication
1 year
Post Graduate Diploma in Audio Programme
1 year
Post Graduate Diploma in Translation
1 year
Diploma in Creative Writing in English
1 year
Certificate in Community Radio

Minimum wages revised

Port Blair, July 18: The Lt Governor, A&N Islands has revised Minimum wages across 6 schedules of employment including government offices, departments and industrial establishments on Variable Dearness Allowance pattern w.e.f 01.07.2018. The minimum wages has now been increased by Rs 6/- per day across all schedules of employment. As per the revision, unskilled employees will be paid Rs 443/- per day, Semi- Skilled/Unskilled supervisory- 500/-, Skilled/Clerical-Rs 579/- and Highly Skilled- Rs 643/- per day. All private establishment as well as government departments i.e principal employer outsourcing manpower/security have been directed to ensure that workers are paid minimum wages prior to settlement of running bills of manpower/security agencies. Any cases of less payment of wages in government or private establishments may be brought to the notice of the Labour Commissioner directly or through union for necessary legal action.