Thursday, December 20, 2018

Big relief to agitating candidates of PSTs; CS assures re-examine of applications; Director (Education) sticks to his decree, yet

TMI Correspondent
Port Blair: 194 candidates' names appeared in the selected list against 224 posts of PST (Primary School Teacher) for three different mediums (Hindi-89, English-90 and Bengali-45) under Directorate of Education, A&N Administration. The number of total applications is 'unknown', it is 'unknown', because the department is not ready to reveal the total number of applications they had received, and put rest of posts declared as unfilled without showing proper reasons.
The desiring candidates about in 100s, whose names are not appeared in the selected list of PSTs without conveying proper reasons by the Directorate of Education, are demanding for claims, objection and rectification facilities as done earlier times during recruitment of teachers in the Directorate of Education, A&N Administration in free and fair manner. But the Director of Education, Shri Shubhankar Ghosh was stick in his rules and denies providing the claims, objection and rectification opportunity to the applicants.
Since then i.e. from Dec 17, 2018 through day and night braving the rain, a large number of candidates who have allegedly been deprived of their inclusion in the merit list despite meritorious marks than many others displayed in the list are started protesting in front of the Directorate of Education Office at VIP Road, Port Blair demanding put on hold the recruitment process of PSTs.
Speaking to this correspondent, the protesting candidates said that, 'the Director of Education has refused to budge from his stand and has maintained that the recruitment process of the selected candidates would not be halted in any circumstance'. And he advises us to submit a representation and if the allegations were found true, corrective action will be taken. We are unable to understand that, why this hurry attitude taking place in the entire process by this Director (Education) Shubhankar Ghosh.
'I have also applied in Nov./Dec. 2015, when such applications were invited for about 5 PST posts, I was stood at 5th in merit list, but due to some reasons dropped down to 6th, and after free and fair verification when too, claims & objections were invited and finally the final list was published in the month of April 2016, which can be called justified. But this time, it is deprived of our rightful due', said a candidate among protesting group.
Meanwhile, the political parties have voiced their support to agitating candidates. Local leaders from various parties have also met the Director (Education) to express agitating candidates' concern, but in return the Shubhankar Ghosh told all most to all of them that, 'it was clearly mentioned in the notification of July 16, 2018, you can check it out', and sent them back.
The Joint Action Forum, General Secretary, Abdul Siddique alleges that entire PST selection process seems smack of corruption and nepotism. The deserving candidates have been deprived of their rightful due. 'JAF suspects that a large number of candidates from outside Andamans have found their place in the dubious merit list, he further said that the whole process lacks transparency and against the interest of local candidates'.
However, the Director (Education), Shubhankar Ghosh said above at many occasions that the notification of July 16, 2018 is detailed with terms and conditions. When this correspondent researched about the notification and finds that Press Note of Directorate of Education F.No.8-10(1056)/Edn/Estt/CCB/Rect(DR)/2018/ dtd: 16th July 2018, undersigned by Deputy Director Education (Perl) is found incomplete and in that too advised the candidates to download terms and conditions from official website: www.education.andaman.gov.in and www.and.nic.in. The correspondent still trying to find whereabouts of terms and conditions, the Direction (Education) talking about and had stick into.
However, agitating candidates have informed this correspondent that, 'a delegation of 8 members on behalf of protesting candidates have met the Chief Secretary, Mr. Chetan Bhushan Sanghi today (19/12/2018) evening, the Chief Secretary after hearing their grievances has asked the delegation to submit their representation in written with documents, and he also assured to look into personally and will direct to re-exam and verify all the applications. He further assured that, the appointed orders will not be given to any of the listed candidates until and unless clarify all points raised by the protesting candidates'.

Citizens' Corner 20/12/2018


High degree mosquito menace since many months at residential places in spite of maintaining some cleanliness. Health Department busily focuses treating increasing patients of vector borne disease. Forgets all time to spray DDT for mosquitoes.

Road Safety Workshop by Transport Department held


Port Blair, Dec.19: Transport Department has organized a road safety workshop with the assistance of Ministry of Road Port Transport & Highways and Association of State Road Transport Undertakings at Megapode Resort here yesterday. All the stakeholders of this UT in respect of road safety like Education Department, Health Department, Police Department, APWD Department, ACCI, Driving Schools, Dealers of automobiles etc., participated in the workshop.
The road safety workshop was inaugurated by Shri. Vikram Dev Dutt, Pr. Secretary, A & N Administration as chief guest and was also attended by the senior officials of the Administration. In his inaugural address, the chief guest pointed out that road safety is synonymous with its value in human life. The present system of acting on the basis of analysis of data after the occurrence of accidents needs to changed to pro active preventive measures like identifying the accident prone zones and taking remedial measures. Hence huge responsibility lies on the part of road constructing agencies and major portion of the road safety issues can be tackled at the initial stages of road design. He emphasized on immediate need for adopting broader vision to target the root level issues responsible for causing an accident. To achieve this purpose, he suggested targeting the school children and adopting innovative ideas to educate the drivers/general public on road safety. It was also suggested to organize such workshops with larger participation of general public, drivers unions etc. Drivers need to be sensitized not only about the loss of life but also the tragedies faced by the entire family due to the untimely loss of bread earner. Violators of law provision as well as applicants coming for renewal/ learner’s license may be made to attend mandatory road safety classes showing related videos. Winners of various competitions on road safety held during the past week with the help of Education Department were also given the prizes.
The Secretary (Transport), Udit Prakash Rai, while welcoming the gathering informed about various activities being carried out by the Department for ensuring road safety and for improving the public transport. He also highlighted the special initiatives being taken by the Department for the benefit of the general public such as computerized ticketing (any where any place), construction of Bus Queue Shelter of uniform design with passenger information system on build, operate & transfer basis, better parking infrastructure, multilayered parking with better regulation, stringent action against violators involving in fatal accidents, operation of AC mini buses to strengthen city public transport service in Port Blair and Havelock on hiring Scheme etc. Department also has plans to procure electric buses for minimizing pollution and for decongesting the city traffic, a committee has been formed to analyze the traffic flow and suggest measures to improve it.
For improving the passenger facilities for passenger hall of bus terminus will be made air conditioned. Under the Smart City Plan, new modern bus port is also likely to come up soon for which sufficient land is available. General Public has also been advised to furnish suggestions on improving the Road Safety.
The representative from MoRTH advocated the necessity for making the practice of Road Safety as a habit of life and gave valuable inputs. The inaugural session was followed by a technical interactive session chaired by Shri. Navlendra Kumar Singh, Director of Transport where all the stakeholder departments like Transport, Health, Education, Police, and APWD & ACCI shared the practices, problems and suggestions as well as remedial measures. Valuable suggestions were received from the participants to address some of the basic issues related to road safety. The workshop concluded with valedictory address by the Director of Transport who stressed on the importance of road safety in the life of all citizens. He also emphasized that all efforts on spreading awareness would be taken by the Government but at the same time stringent action would be taken against violators.

Govt to seek interim dividend from RBI, says Economic Affairs Secretary


New Delhi, Dec 19: The government will seek an interim dividend from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), Economic Affairs Secretary Subhash Chandra Garg said on Wednesday.
Last fiscal, the RBI had paid an interim dividend of Rs.10,000 crore to the Centre. Asked if the government will seek interim dividend from RBI this year, he said, “Yes.”
Mr. Garg also said the committee, which would examine the economic capital framework of the RBI, had almost been finalised.
“Panel on economic capital framework has virtually been agreed. Hopefully, soon it will be announced,” he said on the sidelines of an event organised by the PHD Chamber here.
On November 19, the central board of the RBI had decided to constitute an external committee to examine its economic capital framework. The composition and terms of reference of the committee were to be decided jointly by the government and the RBI.

NSSO to organize Regional Training Camp


Port Blair, Dec 19: Field Operations Division (FOD) of National Sample Survey Office (NSSO), Port Blair will be organizing a Regional Training Camp (77th Round) from 26th December 2018 to 29th December 2018 in its office premises. 
During the camp, necessary training will be imparted to the officials to carry out the Socio-Economic Survey of 77th Round and Time Use Survey. This round has been earmarked for survey on ‘Land and Livestock holdings of households and Situation Assessment of Agricultural households’ and ‘Debt and Investment’ and ‘Participation of men, women and other groups of persons in paid and unpaid activities’. 22 urban blocks and 26 villages in Andaman and Nicobar Islands will be surveyed during the period January 2019 to December 2019.
Shri.J.P.Bhattacharya, Deputy Director General, National Sample Survey Office (SDRD), Kolkata will inaugurate the camp. Shri.R.Kaladharan, Assistant Director, NSSO (FOD), Port Blair will conduct the camp. The Field Operations Division (FOD) of National Sample Survey Office (NSSO), Port Blair operates under the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, Government of India.

Venison Seized by Police

Billiground, Dec 19: On 14.12.2018 acting on a credible information regarding transportation of venison from Mayabunder to Billiground, the Police team of PS Billiground headed by S.I Rangaraj, SHO, P.S. Billiground along with ASI Mohammed Rafique, PC Atish, PC Srinivasan and PC Anup Das under the supervision of Shri George Lalu, SDPO, Rangat, seized 50 Kgs of Venison under the relevant sections of Wild Life Act 1972 while transporting the same from Webi, Mayabunder to Billiground by a Maruti Omni bearing Regn. No. AN-01 M-1984. Later the driver Shri Saw John Smith S/o Shri Saw Eythow (36) yrsPvt. Worker, Driver of the above Omni and his accomplice Shri JonitRohdes S/o Shri Saw Eythow (19) yrs both R/o Webi, Mayabunder along with the seized venison and vehicle was handed over to the Range Officer, Betapur range for further necessary action.
It is requested to the general public that any information related to any crime or illegal activities may please be intimated to the following phone numbers PS Billiground (03192-270523), SDPO (R/G) (03192-274646) or in any nearest Police Station or to the Police Control Room (100).

Indian Navy Commissions IN LCU L-55 SHIP: Vice Admiral Ajit Kumar P reiterates the importance of indigenization & self-reliance in ship building


Port Blair, Dec 19: Vice Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ajit Kumar P, AVSM, VSM, today commissioned IN LCU L-55 Ship into service in a ceremony at Haddo Naval Jetty, Port Blair. IN LCU L-55 is the latest Landing Craft Utility (LCU) Mark- IV series ship.
The commissioning ceremony was conducted as per Naval traditions and witnessed by many senior officers from the Indian Navy, Army, Air Force and other dignitaries including Rear Admiral VK Saxena (Retd) Chief Managing Director of M/s Garden Reach Ship Builders & Engineers (GRSE) Ltd, Kolkata.
INLCU L-55 is the fifth of the eight LCU Mark-IV ships designed and built by M/s GRSE Ltd., Kolkata. Four ships of the same class, INLCU L-51 to L-54 have already been commissioned till date. Speaking at the occasion, the chief guest Vice Admiral Ajit Kumar P reiterated the importance of indigenization & self-reliance in ship building and congratulated M/s GRSE to have delivered another fine warship to the Indian Nay.
The ship is equipped with state of the art systems like Integrated Platform Management System and Integrated Bridge Management System. The ship is also fitted with an Electronic Warfare suite, and day/ night capable armament systems. Displacing nearly 1,000 Tonnes, with an endurance of over 1,500 nautical miles, the ship is capable of moving at maximum speed of 15 knots.
The primary role of this ship is to transport, deploy and recover troops and armament from ship to shore and vice versa, during amphibious operations. In addition, the ship will be deployed for maritime security of the A&N islands, as well as for Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) missions. Induction of the ship will significantly enhance the sealift capability of the Andaman and Nicobar Command. The ship is being commanded by Lieutenant Commander Abhishek Kumar and has been placed under the Commander-in-Chief, Andaman and Nicobar Command.

MP taken up the PSTs issue with the Admn.

Port Blair, Dec 19: In continuation of the issues of the PSTs already taken up with the Administration on 18.12.2018, Shri Bishnu Pada ray, MP, A&N Islands camp at Delhi discussed the issue with the Chief Secretary and the Director of Education over phone today on 19.12.2018.  Apart from that, the personal staffs of MP have been also met with the Director of Education under the instruction of MP in the evening of 20th December, 2018. During discussion, following points have been raised by the personal staff on behalf of MP before the Director of Education and requested to consider the matter seriously to call of the strike of the deprived candidates. 
1.  The name of the candidates whose percentage of marks are less than the higher percentage of marks has been appeared in the selection list.
2.  Details of percentage of marks of selected candidates in scheme wise have not been mentioned, whereas only total secured marks were mentioned. 
3.  The selection list published is not clear because after scrutiny of the applications, no separate list of eligible and ineligible (with reason of ineligible) has not been published before finalization of select list. 
4.  The objections/ claims of the rejected candidates have not been invited, prior to publication of final select list.
5.  Out of total vacancy of 224 posts notified for fill up, only 194 candidate's names appeared in the selected list and rest of posts declared as unfilled without showing any reason.
 After having discussion, the Director of Education responded that a committee has been constituted to re-examine the claims and objections presented by the candidates and if any errors are found, the same will be rectified under intimation to the individuals.  In regard to unfilled posts are concerned, he informed that due to non fulfilment of required criteria by the candidates as per vacancy notice, the posts declared unfilled and all the claims/quarries raised by the individuals will be considered carefully and disposed with all details to each individuals.

MP expresses gratitude to the GoI and Admn for sanction of Rs.33.43 Cr for repairs and new construction of 60 roads in PBMC area under CRF Fund

Port Blair, Dec 19: Due to paucity of fund in road sector in PBMC area, many roads for new constructions as well as repairs of existing roads in many wards particularly in the extended 06 wards under PBMC area, could not be carried by the PBMC.  However, on the request of the Member of Parliament, A&N Islands Shri Bishnu Pada Ray, the A&N Administration through PBMC/APWD prepared and submitted the total 60 estimations of works to the MoRTH, New Delhi for obtaining fund sanction under CRF.
Following the persuasion and meeting held by Mr. Ray, MP with Shri Nitin Gadkari ji, Minister of Road Transport & Highway, at New Delhi, the Govt. of India has conveyed sanction for Rs.33.43 Cr. under CRF for new construction/repairs of all the 60 roads in PBMC wards for a total length around 38 kms under PBMC area after relaxation of rules as a special case for A&N Islands.  This is first time, the Govt. of India has sanctioned the fund under CRF to Municipal roads.  
Shri BP Ray, MP has expressed his gratitude to Shri Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Road Transport & Highway, GoI, New Delhi, Chief Secretary, Secretary (PWD), Chief Engineer, APWD, officials of APWD and PBMC of A&N Administration for their excellent works for timely preparation and submission of DPRs of all the works within a time bound manner, for according sanction, a communication from PS to PM said here.

DCSA sanctions ex-gratia relief to families of fire accident at Bambooflat

Port Blair, Dec 19: An unfortunate fire accident was reported on 17/12/2018 wherein the wooden house consisting shops located at Bambooflat Market was severely damaged due to fire incident took place at late night around 02.00 AM on 16/12/2018.
In order to provide timely relief to the affected families the Deputy Commissioner, South Andaman has sanctioned an amount of  90,000/- (Rupees Ninety Thousand Only) to the victims. The amount is sanctioned in terms of norms of assistance admissible to the losses sustained to small business enterprises under the newly promulgated scheme of A N Islands approved by Govt. of India.

Shri I.P. Gupta, Former Lt. Governor, A&N Islands passes away, LG condoles death


Port Blair, Dec.19: The Lt. Governor, A&N Islands and Vice Chairman, Islands Development Agency, Admiral D.K. Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM (Retd.) has condoled the death of former Lt. Governor of A&N Islands, Shri I.P. Gupta. He has conveyed his deepest sympathy, sorrow and heartfelt condolences to the members of the bereaved family. Shri I.P. Gupta (88) died at New Delhi on 12.12.2018.
In his condolence message, he said that Shri I.P. Gupta was committed to the welfare of the people of the Islands and during his stint as Lt. Governor; the Islands witnessed accelerated growth and progress. He was an able administrator, reformer and a revered senior citizen. The people of the Islands will always remember Shri I.P. Gupta for his affection for the Islanders.
Shri I.P. Gupta was a 1958 IAS batch officer, who served in various capacities in Govt. of India. He was the Lt. Governor of A&N Islands from 23rd December 1996 to 25th May 2001. He was also the State Election Commissioner for Union Territories of Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman and Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli, from October 1994 to February 1996.

Disaster Management exhibition & mock drill organized at Kendriya Vidyalaya No. II

Port Blair, Dec 19: The Directorate of Disaster Management in coordination with the Department of Health, A&N Police Fire Services and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has organized Mock Drill on Earthquake and Disaster Management Exhibition on 14.12.2018 at Kendriya Vidyalaya No.II, Minnie Bay, Port Blair to generate adequate and appropriate awareness amongst the children and youths on the basics of disaster management and to enhance the capacity of school community to respond efficiently during crisis as per the initiative of the National Disaster Management Authority, New Delhi.
The Mock Drill started with the issuing of warning alarm and all the students carried out "DUCK-COVER and HOLD" position for few minutes in their respective classes for earthquake safety and then safely evacuated and assembled at identified safer places. The SAR teams rescued the missing/injured students using Search & Rescue techniques from the classes and provided medical first aid by MFR Teams and check the efficacy and readiness of School Response System during any catastrophe which was observed by the present officers from Disaster Management, Health, A&N Police Fire Services and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF). During the debriefing Shri Dr. Vazeem Iqbal, Consultant, DDM, Shri Vikas, SI, NDRF and Dr. Shankar, DHS briefed students as well as teachers about the importance of mock drills practices to improve disaster preparedness and capacity building of school community.
The Disaster Management Exhibition was inaugurated by Smti J Viji Clement, Principal (I/c), KV-II, Port Blair wherein displayed exhibits i.e. IEC materials, SAR Equipment, Fire Extinguishers, MFR Kits were briefed to the students by DM Officials, NDRF Team, Police Fire personnel and Medical officials.