Friday, September 14, 2018

PM gives a clarion call to everyone to become a part of Swachhata Hi Seva Movement

New Delhi, Sept 12: The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has called upon everyone to become a part of 'Swachhata Hi Seva Movement'.
The Prime Minister said, "On 2nd October we mark the start of Gandhi Ji's 150th birth anniversary. It is also the day Swachh Bharat Mission completes 4 years of being a historic mass movement aimed at fulfilling Bapu's dream of a Clean India.
I salute all those working towards a Swachh Bharat!
The 'Swachhata Hi Seva Movement' commences on 15th September. This is a great way to pay tributes to Bapu.
Come, be a part of this movement and strengthen the efforts to create a Swachh Bharat!
At 9:30 AM on 15th, we shall come together and mark the commencement of the 'Swachhata Hi Seva Movement.' I look forward to interacting with those who have worked assiduously on the ground to strengthen the Swachh Bharat Mission after which Swachhata activities will begin". (The Hindu)

Vivek Rae committee inviting suggestions for holistic development Little Andaman and Great Nicobar Islands; Holding conference on ToR with stake holders on Sept 14

Port Blair, Sept 12: A committee under the chairmanship of Shri Vivek Rae, IAS (Retd) has been constituted by NITI AAYOG vide office memorandum no F.No.M-13050/2018-SP-IDA dated 06/08/2018 for holistic development Little Andaman and Great Nicobar Islands. 
The Terms of Reference (ToR) of the Committee are (i) To review constraints for utilization of existing revenue land in Little Andaman and Great Nicobar for development of infrastructure of strategic importance and for promotion of economic activity; (ii) To assess the development potential of the two Islands (Little Andaman and Great Nicobar) in a holistic manner, identify suitable area for development and propose development projects for the two Islands; (iii) To assess the possibility of identifying land for compensatory afforestation in Forest deficit States for freeing up area as may be required in sub-para ii above; and (iv) To recommend a road map for harnessing the development potential of these two Islands based on recommendations in sub-para i-ii above.
The said committee is scheduled to visit these Islands from 11/09/2018 to16/09/2018 and proposes to hold consultation on Terms of reference with various NGOs, ACCI and other stake holders on 14/09/2018 from 2.30 pm to 5.00 pm at Conference Hall DC Office, South Andaman.
The committee would be meeting the PRI members/ public representatives/ general public of Little Andaman & Great Nicobar during its field visit to the Islands (i.e Little Andaman & Great Nicobar), therefore they need not come for the above said discussion/ consultation.
In this regard the interested organisations and Stake Holders in these Islands are invited for the meeting to put forth their valuable suggestions for the considerations of the Committee on the Terms and References mentioned above.

Union Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan to visit Port Blair on Sept 15

Port Blair, Spet 12: Union Minister for Science & Technology, Earth Science and Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Dr. Harsh Vardhan will visit Port Blair on September 15, 2018 (Saturday). 
During the visit, the Minister will inaugurate the Atal Centre for Ocean Science and Technology for Islands at Dollygunj, Port Blair. He will also participate in a programme on Swachh Bharat Mission at Port Blair.

Meeting on Little Andaman and Great Nicobar islands development issues

Shri Vivek Rae, IAS (Retd.) Chairperson and other members of the Committee constituted by NITI Aayog, as envisaged by Islands Development Authority, to address the land and project related issues in Little Andaman and Great Nicobar called on Admiral D K Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM (Retd.), Hon'ble Lt Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Islands & Vice-Chairman Islands Development Agency on Sept 12, 2018 at Raj Niwas. Matters related to holistic development of Identified Islands were discussed. ACCI was also represented by Mr. Girish Arora & Mr. Mohammad H Jadwet.

LG’s message on Engineers’ Day

September 15th is celebrated every year in India as Engineers' Day to commemorate the birthday of the legendary Engineer and Statesman Sir M. Visvesvaraya.
I am glad that the vibrant local unit - the Andaman & Nicobar State Centre of The Institution of Engineers (India) - is celebrating the 51st Engineers' Day and deliberating its theme - "Digital Transformation : A New Industrial Revolution" in detail. We have a collective responsibility to ensure that Engineers become ready to face the growing and ever changing need of development.
I extend my warm wishes to the Engineering Fraternity of these Islands on the 51st Engineers' Day.
(Admiral D. K. Joshi)
Lt. Governor, A & N Islands

Domicile demand gets prominence in MP's agenda point for HMAC meeting

Port Blair, Sept 12: A meeting of Home Minister's Advisory Committee (HMAC) for the UT of A&N Islands is scheduled to be held under the chairmanship of the Home Minister at New Delhi on 24.09.2018. Shri. Bishnu Pada Ray, Member of Parliament, A&N Islands being a member of said committee, has presented his agenda points to the A&N Administration and Home Ministry on 11.09.2018 for inclusion/discussion during the meeting for resolution of the issues. Few main agenda points of MP which involves larger public interest are:
Apprehension of large scale immigrants from neighbouring countries, threat to safety and security of the strategically important of island territory and to ensure greater vigilance to track such intruders and explore possibility of framing law/mechanism within the frame work of constitution to enable detection and deportation of such illegal immigrants.
Enactment of law for making it mandatory for domicile of A&N islands for the post of Group A, B, C comes under A&N Administration.
Grant of ownership right over the land in the UT of A&N Islands and amendment of land Regulation.
Acceptance of recommendation of Vivek Rae committee so far concerned to regularization of excess land in Port Blair area without premium.
Resolution of issue relating to curtailment of Sugar and rice for APL category.
Implementation of recommendation of 4th UT Finance commission to provide entitled fund to PRIs for roads and other infrastructures.
Issue of bridge between Chatham and Bambooflat, S/Andaman.
Issue of Andaman Marine Drive from Prem Nagar to North Bay in 2 Phases for a total project of Rs.650 Cr. for which principal approval accorded by MoRTH.
Resolution of boundary disputes of forest and revenue at various locations such as Shoal Bay, Mannarghat, Jirkatang, Tirur, Kamaraj Nagar etc.
Early establishment/operation of 10 New LPG distribution centers at various locations as per sanction.
Providing Solar Home Lights and water connection in the forest encroachments area where more than 8000 families residing in the said area without basic amenities, for which time will taken for their re-settlement.
Extension of jetty at Diglipur for berthing of mainland bound vessels.
Issue of Andaman Bhawan at Visakhapatnam with facilities similar to the Guest houses constructed at Chennai, Kolkatta and Delhi for convenient to the Telugu community peoples and others.
Fixation of uniform rate of chartered flight tickets from Port Blair to Visakhapatnam at same rate of Rs.3500 fixed for Chennai and Kolkatta sector, instead of Rs.5040/-
Engagement of 103 dependent family members of deceased employees of PBMC on DRM/Muster Roll basis for livelihood.
Regularization of service 1207 DRMs working in PBMC since many years, by exempting norms after creating supernumerary posts.
Restoration of compensatory Pay to the Fire service personnel and also for grant of Ration Money to the Regular Home Guards.
Issue of Sewerage treatment plan under JICA loan assistance.
Posting of specialist doctors from CHS cadre at District/CHCs hospitals with lucrative packages under NHM.
Introduction of transfer policy for NRHM staff with revision of salary.
One year tenure posting for Govt. servants in the Southern Group of islands.
International air connectivity between Port Blair and South East Asian countries and also Regional connectivity under UDAN scheme.
Shifting/re-settlement of Srilankan repartees form Katchal Island to Non-Tribal area and also others residing in the tribal area.
Old tourist boats may be allowed to operate beyond 2019 by exempting the norms keeping in view of safety and security and employment who depended upon it.
Extension of IV limit to ply tourist boats from Port Blair to other inter islands.

LG called on HM

Admiral D K Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM (Retd), the Lt. Governor of Andaman & Nicobar Islands & Vice Chairman, Islands Development Agency called on Shri Rajnath Singh, the Home Minister on September 06, 2018 to discuss various  developmental  activities and matters related to UT.

Jolly met Home Minister, demanded for Domicile and 100 percent job reservation for Islanders

Port Blair, Sept 12: On 6th September 2018, Joint Action Forum (JAF) supported by various organizations and residents of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, successfully organised 24 hour long massive Bandh, demanding Inner Line Permit to stop influx of Bangladeshi population.
Four days after the massive dharna, the BJP's president of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Shri Vishal Jolly on Sept 10, 2018 met the Home Minister of India, Shri Rajnath Singh at New Delhi and demanded domicile and 100 percent job reservation for Islanders in Andaman.
During the meeting Shri Jolly urged the Home Minister to implement Domicile certificate in A&N Islands, ensure 100 percent reservation to Island youths in government jobs and to implement the National Register of Citizen (NRC) in A&N Islands to stop the population influx.

Isles' shooter Mr. Mohsin earns laurels

Port Blair, Sept 12: The ace shooter, Mohsin Khan, was introduced to the islanders at a function organized by Innovative Artist Welfare Association (IAWA) of India on Sept 11, 2018 at Junglighat. It is a proud moment for these islands, that the sport which is yet out of favour in our islands, Mr. Khan bagged the second position in that sport.
Mr. Khan etched his name in the sporting arena clinching Silver in the small bore-free Rifle Prone (National Rifle) 50 mtrs in the individual category in the All India G.V Mavalankar Shooting Championship held recently. 
Speaking on the occasion, Mohammed Jadwet said, Mr. Mohsin is very passionate about shooting. It is for the first time that an islander clinched Silver medal in Shooting. Around 4500 shooters from different parts of the country participated in the championship. Majority of athletes opting for shooting as career in sports are from the military background as there necessary infrastructure is available. Unfortunately, the sport is not so popular in our islands. It's an expensive sport and we need to build adequate infrastructure to motivate budding talents to take up shooting. We will approach the administration and Sports Councils in this regard soon," he added.

"National Forest Martyrs' Day" observed; League-cum-Knockout torney is going on to mark the Day

Port Blair, Sept 12: The Andaman and Nicobar Forest Department observed "The National Forest Martyrs' Day" on 11/09/2018 at JNRM Football Ground to commemorate Forest Officials who had laid down their lives to protect forests and wildlife.
The Forest Department led by Shri. Tarun Cumor, IFS, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests & Principal Secretary (Environment & Forests), Andaman and Nicobar Islands, garlanded the martyr's memorial and paid floral tributes to the martyrs', recalling their contribution and sacrifices made in the line of duty. A two minute silence was observed in the memory of the green soldiers.
In his message the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests said that about 27 brave Forest Department personnel lost their lives between 1983 to 2017 either in encounter with Jarawas, wildlife, or protection duties while protecting the forests and wildlife resources. In his speech, he asked the staffs of Forest Department to emulate the spirit of the martyrs' and re-dedicate themselves in protecting forests in these emerald islands.
As a part of Forest Martyrs' Day Celebration, the Wildlife Division is organizing 03rd Forest Martyrs' Rolling Trophy League-cum-Knockout Tournament from 11/09/2018 to 06/10/2018.
In the inaugural match played between United Sporting Club, Junglighat Vs Modern Village Football Club, Kanyapuram, South Andaman. The United Sporting Club, Junglighat wins the opening match with 4-0 net. Shri. Ravindra of United Sporting Club, Junglighat was judged as Man of the Match.
The next match will be played on 15/09/2018 at JNRM Football Ground and will be played between Assam Rifle vs Wimblerlygunj Zone on 07.00 AM, second match between C.T. Brothers vs Extra-XI on 02.00 PM and third match between Predators vs RYC.

Applications invited for participation in Travel & Tourism Fairs in Mainland

Port Blair, Sept 12: The Directorate of Tourism, A&N Administration intend to participate in 'OTM - Mumbai' scheduled to be held from 23rd to 25th Jan, 2019 and 'India International Travel Exhibition' at Mangalore scheduled to be held from 02nd to 4th November, 2018 Fairs in mainland organized by different organization. 
Tourism Department has now extended the time for submission of willingness and requested the Island based Tour Operators/ Travel Agencies who are enlisted with this directorate to submit their willingness in their letter head in writing along with copy of the enlistment letter and rent of Rs. 20,000/- for each location through DD in favour of Sr. Accounts Officer (IP&T) to this directorate on or before 18/09/2018.
The participation fees in the shape of Demand Draft may be attached for each location separately. Participants will be provided individual table and chair against the rent paid at each location within the departmental counter. The expenditure towards journey, lodging, boarding etc will have to be borne by the participants. The Manager (Tourism) 234493 may be contacted for further query if any.

Nutrition Awareness Rally

Port Blair, Sept 12: A Rally on Nutrition Awareness was organised on Sept 07, 2018 in Sundar Colony of Haddo Port Blair, jointly by Community Food and Nutrition Extension Unit (CFNEU), Port Blair and Directorate of Social Welfare, Andaman and Nicobar Administration to mark nutrition month.
Many anganwadi workers of Haddo, Shadipur and the adjoining areas along with local residents of Port Blair Municipal Council (PBMC) Ward Number 2 assembled at Aanganwadi Centre, Sundar Colony Ward No. 2 to participate in the rally. Passing through the lanes of Sundar Colony, the participants raised informative slogans to spread awareness about intake of nutritional food.
Shri Anil Kumar Dhiman, Demonstration Officer CFNEU, informed the gathering about various aspects of nutrition, balanced diet and cleanliness. Nutritious food was also served to the infants and children present on the occasion. Different food items were also kept on display to inform and educate the assembly about their nutritional values.
Local ward member R. Someswara Rao was also present on the occasion. Ministry of Woman and Child Development is observing September as Nutrition month. CFNEU operates under Food and Nutrition Board of Ministry of Woman and Child Development.

Cabinet approves continuation of Capacity Development Scheme for the period 2017-18 to 2019-20

New Delhi, Sept 12: The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved continuation of the Capacity Development Scheme for the period 2017-18 to 2019-20 with an outlay of Rs 2,250 crore.
The Capacity Development Scheme is an Ongoing Central Sector Scheme of MoSPI. The overall objective of the scheme is to augment infrastructural, technical as well as manpower resources for making available credible and timely Official Statistics for policy makers and public at large.
The major ongoing activities under the Capacity Development Scheme, include augmenting resources for bringing out important statistical products, such as Gross Domestic Product (GDP), Consumer Price Index (CPI), Index of Industrial Production (IIP), Statistical classifications, etc.; conducting various Socio-Economic surveys, capacity building and strengthening statistical coordination, and improving IT infrastructure. Periodic Labour Force Survey (PLFS), a continuous survey to assess quarterly labour data in urban areas and annual labour data for the whole country (urban and rural areas), was launched in April, 2017 under the scheme. The Capacity Development Scheme has two Sub-schemes, Economic Census and Support for Statistical Strengthening (SSS). Under Economic Census, listing of all non-agricultural establishments is undertaken periodically, which forms the basis for conducting detailed socio-economic surveys. The last (6l) Economic Census was conducted during January, 2013 to April, 2014 and the Government now aims to conduct the Census once every three years in future. The SSS Sub-scheme is to strengthen State/ Sub-State level statistical systems/ infrastructure to facilitate development of a robust national system. Funds are released to States/ UTs for this purpose after detailed examination of their proposals.
In view of the requirement for better statistical coverage of sectors/areas, in addition to the regular ongoing activities, the Ministry proposes to also take up three new surveys under the Capacity Development Scheme, namely, Time Use Survey (TUS), Annual Survey of Service Sector Enterprises (ASSSE), and Annual Survey of Unincorporated Sector Enterprises (ASUSE).

High fuel prices hitting auto loan repayments; Performance worsened in Q2: Moody's

Mumbai, Sept 12: Auto loan performance in India worsened in the second quarter of 2018 compared with the first quarter, with higher fuel prices weighing on the ability of auto loan borrowers to repay debt, Moody's Investors Service said in a report.
"We expect auto loan delinquencies to remain at current levels or deteriorate slightly for the rest of 2018, with the effects of higher fuel prices on auto loan borrower counterbalanced by strengthening economic activity to some degree," Moody's said.
The performance for auto loan asset class showed some deterioration in India, with higher fuel prices weighing on the ability of borrowers to repay debt, said Vincent Tordo, a Moody's Analyst.
Asset-backed securities
Moody's said the issuance of Indian asset backed securities (ABS) backed by commercial vehicle loans, construction equipment loans and auto loans, declined to about Rs,250 billion in the fiscal year ended March 2018 from Rs.265 billion in the fiscal year ended March 2017.
Commercial vehicle sales in India increased by 51.6% in the three months ended June 30, 2018, compared with the same period a year earlier, Moody's said in the report. (The Hindu)