Thursday, January 3, 2019

Government is committed to developing the Islands in accordance with the requirements of the environment: PM; Describes A&N Islands as place of pilgrimage; launches series of infrastructural projects

PM on Dec 30 in Andaman
*Laid a wreath at the Martyrs Column, and visited Cellular Jail and also visited the cells of Veer Savarkar, and other freedom fighters.
*Hoisted high mast flag to mark 75th anniversary of hoisting of Tricolour on Indian soil by Netaji, and paid floral tribute to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose
*Released a commemorative postal stamp, 75 rupee coin, and First Day Cover
*Laid Foundation Stone of the 50 MW LNG Based Power Project at Hope Town, to be set up at cost of Rs. 387.80 Crore
*Solar PV-based induction cook stoves distributed to 99 households in Tsunami Shelter Homes at Chouldari village
*Flagged off 20 Electric Vehicles and handed over to A&N Administration
*Launched the 'A&N Islands Innovation and Start-Up Policy 2018'
*Announced new names of three islands i.e. Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Dweep for Ross Island, Shaheed Dweep for Neil Island, and Swaraj Dweep for Havelock Island

Port Blair, Jan 02: The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has said that the Andaman and Nicobar Islands are not just a symbol of India's natural beauty, but are also a place of pilgrimage for Indians. He stated this while addressing a mammoth gathering at a public event organized at the historic Netaji Stadium on Dec 30, 2018 evening in commemoration of the 75th anniversary celebration of the first flag hoisting on Dec 30, 1943 by Netaji Subash Chandra Bose on Indian soil in Port Blair.
The Union Minister of State for Communications (Independent Charge), Shri Manoj Sinha, the Lt. Governor, A&N Islands, Admiral DK Joshi, Member of Parliament, Shri Bishnu Pada Ray, the Member, HMAC, Shri Vishal Jolly, PBMC Chairperson, Smti. Anusia Devi, Adhyaksh, ZPSA Shri Sanjib Mandal and Adhyaksh, ZPN&M Andaman, Shri Srinivas Rao among others who were attended the event.
The Prime Minister said, the A&N Islands remind us of the collective resolve of our freedom fighters. He also mentioned about his visit to the Cellular Jail and the point where Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose had hoisted the tri-colour 75 years ago. The Prime Minister said, the Cellular Jail, where thousands of freedom fighters suffered, is no less than a place of worship for him. He said, the nation will never forget the sacrifices of the freedom fighters.
Recalling Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, the Prime Minister said that on Netaji's call, many youth from the Andamans had dedicated themselves to the freedom of India. He said, the flag on the 150 feet high mast, is an attempt to preserve the memory of this day in 1943, when Netaji unfurled the tri-colour at Port Blair. The Prime Minister said that today, Indians are working towards creating a strong India, in line with Netaji's vision.
He said that remembering and honouring our heroes, helps strengthen our feeling of integration. He said the Union Government is making efforts to highlight every glorious chapter of our history. In this context, he mentioned the Panchteerth related to Babasaheb Ambedkar, the National Police Memorial and the Statue of Unity. He said National Awards have also been announced in the names of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. The Prime Minister said that the New India that is being built with the inspiration of these great leaders has development at its core.
The Prime Minister also announced and unveiled a series of development projects related to the energy, connectivity and health sectors which include 7MWp Solar Power Plant, Solar Village in South Andaman, State Wide Area Network Project (SWAN), Waste to Energy Plasma Re-gasification Plant, Chennai and Andaman and Nicobar Islands (CANI) Submarine Cable Connectivity Project, Upgradation of Primary Health Centre to District Hospital, Garacharma, Sub District Hospital, Diglipur- Middle Andaman District to Sub-District Hospital, Industrial Development Scheme for the Islands, 50 bedded AYUSH Hospital at Junglighat, 50 MW LNG Power Plant at Hope Town. Apart from this, the Prime Minister also announced the setting up of a Deemed University at Port Blair, dedication of 20 Electric Cars in A&N Islands and creation of Yacht Marina at Port Blair etc.
The Prime Minister said, the Government is committed to developing the Islands in accordance with the requirements of the environment. Special attention will be given to sectors such as tourism, food processing and information technology, as part of industrial development.
The Prime Minister further stated that the Union Government is committed to empowering and developing the Islands and the development projects unveiled today would further this objective in the fields of education, health, connectivity, tourism and employment.
The Prime Minister said efforts are being made to make the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, as self-sufficient as possible. He spoke of the expansion of Port Blair Dockyard, which will enable maintenance of big ships. He called for a report on the condition of rural roads in the Islands within two weeks, and said that once the report has been examined, the Union Government will give whatever assistance is possible.
The Prime Minister said that a new Integrated Terminal Building is coming up at Veer Savarkar International Airport. He said, the Government is working towards strengthening connectivity across the country and the undersea Optical Fibre Cable connecting Chennai and Port Blair and eight other Islands, once completed, would provide good internet connectivity at par with mainland.
The Prime Minister also spoke of development works in areas such as water, power, clean energy and health. He also stated that the permission for constructing a bridge connecting Chatham and Bambooflat has been accorded and this will fulfill the long pending demand of the residents of the area.
The Prime Minister also launched the 'A&N Islands Innovation and Start-Up Policy 2018' which has been formulated to provide an enabling environment for encouraging and nurturing innovative thinking and entrepreneurship in the Islands.
The Prime Minister also released Commemorative Stamps & Quaternary Alloy Coin of Rs. 75. The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi also declared the renaming of three Islands of A&N Islands which were named after British Officers viz. Ross, Neil and Havelock. He announced that Ross Island would now be named as Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Dweep; Neil Island would be known as Shaheed Dweep; and Havelock Island would be renamed as Swaraj Dweep. He also mentioned that a notification to this effect has come into force with this announcement.
The Prime Minister also announced the setting up of Netaji Subash Chandra Bose Deemed University in A&N Islands.
Earlier, speaking on the occasion, the Union Minister of State for Communications (Independent Charge), Shri Manoj Sinha has expressed happiness that our visionary Prime Minster, Shri Narendra Modi is amidst the people of the A&N islands, gracing the 75th anniversary celebration of hoisting of first Tricolor by Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose on Indian soil at Port Blair on this day in 1943. He said, during the last four and a half years, the work culture of our country has undergone a big change, owing to the sincere efforts of our visionary Prime Minister. He also informed about the significance of releasing the Commemorative Stamp and First Day Cover on this day; as well as about the foundation stone laying of the Chennai and Andaman & Nicobar Islands (CANI) Submarine Cable Connectivity Project.
While speaking on the occasion the Lt Governor, Andaman & Nicobar Islands,  Admiral DK Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM (Retd) emphasized that no efforts will be spared in meeting the vision of the Prime Minister- 'New India' and 'New Andaman'. The Administration has also set a goal towards broad based economic growth so that no part of the Islands remain untouched from development process and effective public services are made available to the Islanders.
Speaking on the occasion, the Member of Parliament, Shri Bishnu Pada Ray said that these Islands witnessed all round development in all spheres which was not visible since the last 50 years. A better road map has been prepared for the development of all the sectors and the A&N Administration is marching ahead to achieve the targets. Andaman will be developed in such a way that people from world over will visit these picturesque Islands, Shri Ray said.

PM interacts with Tribal Chiefs; inaugurates ITI and Modern Sports Complex; Addresses huge gathering at BJR Stadium

PM on Dec 30 in Car Nicobar
*Inaugurated Industrial Training Institute at Arong village and Modern Sports Complex
*Laid a wreath at the Tsunami Memorial, Jayanti village and lit a candle at the Wall of Lost Souls
*Interacted with Tribal Chiefs and eminent sportspersons from the islands
*Laid Foundation Stone for Shore Protection Work near Mus Jetty, and for Extension of Campbell Bay Jetty

Car Nicobar, Jan 02: The Prime Minister on Dec 30, 2018 morning visited Tsunami Memorial, Jayanti village and laid wreath at the Memorial to pay homage to the all those who lost their lives in the devastating Tsunami of 26th December, 2004 and lit a candle at the Wall of Lost Souls. He also interacted with Tribal Chiefs and eminent sportspersons from the Islands.
The Prime Minister was accompanied by the Minister of State for Communications (Independent Charge), Shri Manoj Sinha, the Lt. Governor, A & N Islands, Admiral D K Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM, (Retd.), Member of Parliament, Shri Bishnu Pada Ray and the Member, HMAC, Shri Vishal Jolly.
Thereafter, the Prime Minister visited BJR Stadium, Tamaloo village and addressed a public meeting there. During this function, the Prime Minister inaugurated the Industrial Training Institute at Arong, and also a Modern Sports Complex at Lapathy. He also laid the Foundation Stone for Shore Protection Work near Mus Jetty, and Extension of Campbell Bay Jetty.
Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister spoke of the great natural beauty, culture, tradition and art of the Island. Speaking of the family and collective traditions of the Island, he said this has been a strength of Indian society, over the years.    Speaking of his visit to the Tsunami memorial - Wall of Lost Souls - just before arriving for the function at the BJR Stadium, the Prime Minister appreciated the people of the Nicobar Islands for their spirit and hard work in rebuilding the Island after the tsunami.
He said the projects unveiled today would go a long way in developing sectors such as education, health, employment, skill development, transportation, power, sports and tourism.
The Prime Minister reaffirmed his Government's determination to not leave anyone, or any part of the country behind, in the march towards development. He said the aim is to reduce distances, and develop a sense of closeness in hearts.
He said the work for the sea wall, once completed, will help protect the Island of Car Nicobar. He said the ITI would help empower the youth of the Island, with skills. Speaking of the sporting prowess of the youth of Nicobar Islands, the Prime Minister said that the modern sports complex would help them hone their skills. He said more sports infrastructure would be added in future.
The Prime Minister said that the Union Government is working towards improving ease of living for the people of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. He spoke of the expansion of healthcare facilities on the Islands.
The Prime Minister said that the effort is to undertake development work while preserving the environment and local culture.
In the agricultural sector, the Prime Minister spoke of the increase in support price of Copra. He said the government is working towards empowering those engaged in the fisheries sector. He said a sum of Rs. 7000 crore has recently been approved for making the fisheries sector in the country more profitable. He said the areas of the country that are near the sea, can become centres of our blue revolution. He said seaweed farming is being encouraged, and fishermen are getting financial assistance for procuring modern boats. He said India is making concerted efforts to harness solar energy. In this context he mentioned the International Solar Alliance. He said areas contiguous to the sea have tremendous potential for renewable energy generation. He mentioned that efforts are being made in Car Nicobar, in this direction.
The Prime Minister said this entire region of the Nicobar Islands, and the nearby Malacca Strait, is important from the point of view of both resources and security. He said suitable transportation infrastructure is being developed, keeping this in mind. He spoke of the development work being done for the Campbell Bay Jetty, and the Mus Jetty.
The Prime Minister lauded the resilient spirit and courage of Nicobarese people in restoring normalcy after the disastrous tsunami and paid tribute to those who lost their lives in the disaster. The Prime Minister reiterated his Government's commitment to the development of the Islands.

3 Sub Centers upgraded as Health & Wellness Center under Ayushmaan Bharat

Port Blair, Jan 02: Shri Udit Prakash Rai, DC, South Andaman/ Chairman, District Health Society has inaugurated the Health & Wellness Centers of Mannarghat & Shoal Bay-12 under the flagship of Ayushmaan Bharat scheme of the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, GoI in presence of Shri Sandeep Biswas, Pramukh, Ferrargunj, Shri Basheer Pradhan, GP Mannarghat, Smt. Mary Puspha, Pradhan, GP Shoal Bay, Dr. Tamanna, Medical Officer i/c PHC Wimberlygunj, PRI members & general public of respective area on Jan 01, 2019.
Similarly, the Health & Wellness Center of Prothrapur was also inaugurated by Shri K. Muthu, Municipal Councilor, Ward No.19 in presence of Dr. Purnima Burman, Medical Superintendent i/c, PHC Garacharma, Shri B Nagendra, District Programme Manager, District Health Society and general public.
It is learnt that the Sub Centers are upgraded as Health & Wellness Center to address the preventive, primitive, curative & rehabilitative health care needs of the general public in its catchment area by upgrading the infrastructure and human resource to provide following services at community level: Pregnancy care and maternal health services, Neonatal and infant health services, Child health,         Chronic communicable diseases, Non-communicable diseases, Management of mental illness, Dental care, Eye care,      Geriatric care Emergency medicine and Yoga.
The DC, SA dedicated the Health & Wellness Centers to the General Public and asked them to avail the upgraded health facilities.

An infant from Carnic evacuated by ANC

Port Blair, Jan 02: Andaman & Nicobar Command (ANC) carried out medical evacuation of a nine months old baby Sangita D/o Linston R/o Car Nicobar on Dec 29th night. The Baby was safely brought to Port Blair.
The Baby was diagnosed with congenital heart disease and was suffering with fever, cold and cough, and needed emergency air evacuation to Port Blair. Reacting quickly to the request of A&N Administration, the ANC immediately launched an Air Force Dornier for the evacuation. On arrival, the baby was transferred to GB Pant Hospital, Port Blair for further treatment.

Objections and suggestions invited on ANI Fisheries Policy-2018

Port Blair, Jan 02: The Department of Fisheries A&N Administration has drafted "Andaman and Nicobar Islands Fisheries Policy-2018". The draft policy has been uploaded in the Administration's website Objections and suggestions are invited from the general public/ organizations, if any for further improvement of the Draft Policy. Objections and suggestions may be submitted in the Director of Fisheries on or before 15.01.2019 or may be forwarded through Email id-, the Director of Fisheries communiqué said.

ANIIDCO launches thick & tasty curd in cups; will be available in the market from today

Port Blair, Jan 02: ANIIDCO is strengthening its portfolio of milk and milk products with the launch of curd in cups which will be available in the market from 03.01.2019. It is the endeavor of the Corporation to offer convenience, taste and health benefits to the consumers of milk and milk products of the Islands.
Curd will be available in cups of 100 gram and 200 gram priced at Rs.13/- and Rs.25/- respectively. Initially curd in 200 gram cup is being launched with an introductory offer of Rs. 20/- upto 31.01.2019. The Corporation is also selling cow milk, toned milk, paneer and curd in pouch. The Corporation will also be launching Lassi and sweetened curd (dahi) in cups in next few months. In case of any further clarification, consumers may contact Sr. Manager (Milk) 03192-044076/ 9434278778/ 9734483400, a communication from its Managing Director said.

Advisory for eligible candidates of Labour Inspector

Port Blair: Applications were invited to the vacant post of Labour Inspector on 23.08.2018. The list of eligible candidates was placed in public domain through daily newspapers and on 10.12.2018, whereas no claim or objection were received on closing date i.e. 17.12.2018.
Now the eligible candidates are advised to get their original documents verified in the office of Labour Commissioner, Supply Lane, Port Blair from Jan 01 to 04, 2019. The Labour Commissioner & DET said in a press release.

Cyclone ‘Pabuk’ over Andaman Sea

Port Blair, Jan 02: As per weather forecast, tropical cyclone 'Pabuk' will be crossing over Andaman Sea on Jan 05, 2019. Under its influence, squally wind speed between 40 to 50 kmph gusting to 70 kmph and very rough sea conditions likely to remain over Andaman Sea from Jan 04 to 07, 2019. It has been advised the fishermen not to venture into sea during this period.