Thursday, July 11, 2019

“Curbing double employment is the solution to unemployment problem”- Citizen

TMI Bureau
Port Blair, July 10: Despite of some possible opportunities available for youths, unemployment is still remaining a concern due to various reasons in the Andaman & Nicobar Islands.
In the Government Sector: except A&N Police, IRBn, and A&N Fire Service, most of the departments have open gates for entry of mainland candidates while filling up any vacancy in the A&N Administration through online or by offline, which finally leads to grab the opportunities of islanders in the absence of domicile (law) in the A&N Islands.
Secondly, the recent recruitment of about 1000 MTS posts filled by A&N Administration for various departments in the A&N Islands. One can scrutinize, several highly qualified (B.Tech., Post Graduate, B.Ed., and Engineering, etc.) candidates were also applied for the Metric pass jobs (Multi Task Staff), and got selected for respective jobs as per merit, and the actual Metric or Intermediate qualified candidates were failed to compete with highly qualified due to obvious reasons.
In the Private Sector: here are vast opportunities available in the Islands for youths, thanks to our Hon'ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, for launching various loan schemes since 2015 to help the youths who have dreams to become entrepreneurs. Some youths are engaged with business groups like Tourism, Travels, Small & Micro Industries, Showrooms, Merchant Shops and Sales and Supplies, etc. in the A&N Islands and earning for their livelihood.
Still the concern of unemployment is one rise in the islands among youths due to some surprising reasons. Speaking to this correspondent an Auto-rickshaw driver said, "Sir, I am an Auto-rickshaw driver and driving Auto-rickshaw only, and I don't have any other job, just by this I am earning for my family. But, here are many Auto-rickshaws running in the city are driving by government servants especially the PBMC department workmen. Despite of their government service, they are competing in our business, what to do?"
Another private worker from Hut Bay, Little Andaman revealed a shocking tale on condition of anonymity, that "a Junior Engineer of Electricity Department at Hut Bay apart from his salary, is in regular practice of drawing payment in the name of a DRM (his wife) who never present in office, but always present in the attendance sheet for past a year". 
As per reliable sources, it is come to the notice that many government servants are involved in various businesses in the name of another person (Benami) from driving Auto-rickshaws to supplying items to the Departments and from Tourism Business to plying vehicles on lease in various departments. Consequently, the opportunities which are open to unemployed youths are getting closed by the greedy minds of government servants at several occasions. Thus, "unemployed youths are demanding for a strict vigilance to find the unhealthy minds in the A&N Administration which are becoming an obstacle between unemployed youths and opportunities. Curbing double employment is the solution to unemployment in the islands", says a citizen.

Diversion of domestic LPG cylinders; Civil Supplies Deptt. conducts inspection; seizes 56 cylinders

Port Blair, July 10: The Department of Civil Supplies & Consumers Affairs is receiving frequent complaints from various corners of this UT, regarding diversion of domestic LPG cylinders for commercial purpose, which is a gross violation of Clause 13(1) of the Liquefied Petroleum Gas Regulation of Supply & Distribution Order, 2000 framed under the Essential Commodities Act, 1955.
To eradicate this malpractice, the Enforcement Wing of the Department of CS&CA conducted a surprise inspection of the trading premises of Port Blair and Ferrargunj Tehsil, in which 19 cases were found and 56 cylinders were seized from the offenders. Relevant cases were booked under the Essential Commodities Act, 1955 and are under process.
Taking a serious note of such violation, the Department of CS&CA has advised all the individual/hoteliers/ firms running in this UT to refrain themselves from any kind of unfair trade practices as well as diverting of domestic LPG cylinders for commercial purpose, which may lead to any type of violation framed under the Essential Commodities Act, 1955 and Rules/regulations framed under the Legal Metrology Act, 2009, failing which,  strict legal action as deemed fit as per the law shall be initiated against the offenders.
Further, the Department has appealed to all the LPG consumers that in case of any complaints in this regard, the same may be brought to the notice in writing, of the Directorate of Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs, Port Blair. The LPG consumers can also lodge their complaint over telephone No.03192-230337 & toll free Phone No.18003453197.

Fisheries Deptt. celebrates National Fish Farmers day

Port Blair, July 10: The Department of Fisheries organized a programme at Freshwater Fish Seed Farm, Nayagaon on the occasion of National Fish Farmers day today (July 10, 2019). The day was celebrated in remembrance of Scientists Dr. K.H. Alikunhi and Dr. H.L. Chaudhry, who had invented induced breeding technology on this day way back in 1957. The Secretary (Fisheries), A&N Administration, Smti. Nitika Pawar, was the chief guest on the occasion.
The chief guest stressed upon the need for better co-ordination between the Department and Fish Farmers for promotion of Freshwater Fish culture in the Islands. She directed the Department to strengthen the extension activities for disseminating technical information as well as the schemes available for the benefit Pisciculturists to undertake freshwater fish culture. The Department was advised to start a toll free number for responding to any queries of farmers on Freshwater Fish farming. She also highlighted about the various initiatives being taken by the Department for promoting aquaculture activities and betterment of Fisher communities. The Secretary also appreciated the efforts of the Department in promoting the systematic way of Fish farming in the Islands.
Earlier the Director of Fisheries, Dr. Utpal Kumar Sar briefed about the importance of National Fish Farmers Day and appealed the farmers to adopt advanced scientific methodologies for improving the pond production. He also informed the gathering on the initiatives of the Department for meeting the seed and feed requirement of farmers.
An interactive session was organized, wherein the Fish farmers invited attention of the Department on various issues related to freshwater aquaculture activities. The Secretary directed the Department to take immediate steps for redressal of the grievances. On a suggestion put forth by the farmers, the Secretary agreed to constitute a committee comprising representatives of fish farmers, Department of Fisheries and other institutions to attend the farmer's grievances and also to share information on technological advancements to farmers. The Secretary also distributed live fish seed packets of genetically improved Jayanti Rohu, which has shown promising growth rate in ponds, to all the farmers present on the occasion. The fish seeds are produced by the Department Hatchery produced. Altogether 50 Fish farmers from different areas of South Andaman attended the programme.

Free Breakfast Scheme launched for PBMC Sanitary Workers

Port Blair, July 10: The Port Blair Municipal Council started free Breakfast Scheme for sanitary workers of PBMC w.e.f July 08, 2019. This scheme was launched at 8:30 am at Khaitan Kalyan Mandap, Junglighat.
PBMC Chairperson, Mrs. Ansuya Devi, Secretary PBMC Sunil Anchipaka, Senior Vice Chairperson, Mrs. Protima Banerjee and others Councilors were present on this occasion.
As per reports, 1400 sanitary workers will be benefited from Free Breakfast Scheme. Addressing the gathering Senior Vice Chairperson, Protima Banerjee expressed her gratitude towards Secretary PBMC for thinking about the sanitary workers and keeping this proposal in front of the Lt. Governor of A&N Islands and Chief Secretary of A&N Administration, from where it was immediately sanctioned.
PBMC Secretary Sunil Anchipaka said that the sanitary workers leave home in the early morning and most of them were at work continuously, that's why they do not get time to have their breakfast in the morning, which leaves bad impact on their health.
He said that this could be achieved with the cooperation of the Lt. Governor, the Chief Secretary and help of all PBMC staffs viz Executive Engineer, Avinash Kr. Singh, SC, H.M. Linga Raju, Senior Officer, Tivari, Junior Engineer, Mrs. Uma.
The PBMC Chairperson Ansuya Devi said that Prime Minister Modi has always thought about the poor person and because of this scheme sanitary workers will get breakfast on time.

Tourism Deptt. to organize training prog. at Port Blair & Swaraj Dweep

Port Blair, July 10: The Tourism Department, in association with Make My Trip (under CSR) is conducting a training programme at Port Blair and Swaraj Dweep for Tourist Guides, Operators and Drivers. The details of the training is as given below:
Course: Hospitality, Management, Responsible & Sustainable Tourism
Date         : 15th July, 2019 at Port Blair and 16th July, 2019 at Swaraj Dweep
Duration : 1 day
Fees        : Free of cost
Eligibility: Tourist facing front - line staff (Tourist Guides, Drivers, etc.)
The interested candidates may apply for attending the course with their Bio-data and pass port size photographs (2 nos.). The application should be submitted on or before 12th July, 2019 in the Planning section of the Directorate of Tourism positively by 5:00 pm.

Haat at Junglighat Market on Saturdays & Sundays

Port Blair, July 10: The farmers of Shaheed Dweep have been demanding to allot a suitable place at Port Blair to market their naturally grown vegetables & fruits. In response to their demand, the Chief Secretary, A&N Administration directed for providing old Fish market at Junglighat for this purpose. Accordingly, the Department of Agriculture, A&N Administration with the objective to popularize organic farming/naturally grown vegetables among the farming community, organized Haat (Buyer- Seller meet) for the farmers of Shaheed Dweep so that they can sell their naturally grown vegetables at the old fish market at Junglighat directly. The farmers can sell their farm produce weekly twice; on every Saturday and Sunday.
Four farmers from Shaheed Dweep brought their farm produce and sold directly to the buyers at this market on July 6, 2019. Farmers can directly interact with the buyers and shall be able to meet their demand as per their requirement. The general public have been asked to avail the benefits from 12 noon to 3 pm on every Saturday and from morning hours on Sundays.

SWAYAM-NPTEL; registration of 358 courses open till July 15

Port Blair, July 5: In order to make the students placement ready, equipped with certification courses on newer subject area as well as on conventional areas, the A&N Administration is keen that the faculty and students of various higher education institutes should undertake online courses from SWAYAM platform, a project of MHRD, GoI designed to achieve the three cardinal principles of Education Policy viz., access, equity and quality. Under SWAYAM-NPTEL, the registration of 358 courses, available across various disciplines is open for the Jul-Nov 2019 run till July 15, 2019.
The different course category and number of courses include Aerospace Engineering (6 courses), Agriculture & Food Engg. (7), Architecture and Planning (5), Biotechnology And Biosciences (14), Chemical Engineering (17), Chemistry and Biochemistry (18), Civil engineering (27), Computer Science and Engineering (48), Electrical Engineering (36), Humanities And Social Sciences (25), Management (30), Mathematics (17), Mechanical Engineering (39), Metallurgical And Materials Engg. (13), Mining Engg. (01), Multidisciplinary (17), Ocean Engineering (1), Physics (11), Textile Engineering (5), Earth Science (3), Bio-Technology(19), Design Engg. (4).
SWAYAM seeks to bring the best of teaching in the country to all to bridge the digital divide for students who have hitherto remained untouched by the digital revolution and have not been able to join the mainstream of the knowledge economy. Interested candidates may register themselves free of cost online or The certification exams shall be carried out through MOOCs and will be conducted at Dr. B. R Ambedkar being the Local Chapter of SWAYAM-NPTEL courses.

IGNOU Awareness Camp held at ANCOL

Port Blair, July 10: A promotional meeting on Add-on programmes of Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has been conducted at Andaman College (ANCOL), Port Blair on 10th July 2019. The meeting was inaugurated by Dr. Jayakumar, the Principal of ANCOL, Port Blair wherein he stressed on the importance of Add-on Programme and Dr. Meera Shetty welcomed the Gathering. Dr.T.R. Satyakeerthy, Assistant Regional Director, spoke on various add-on programmes that are being offered by IGNOU Regional Centre, Port Blair. More than 100 students participated in the programme.

Think about next generation, this way!; “Let us feel free to plant more trees and get oxygen free”

Port Blair: We are all aware about the increasing problem of deforestation in India - across rural and urban areas. According to the Forest Survey of India (FSI) survey - over the last 30 years, nearly two-third of the forests the size of Haryana have been lost to encroachments (15,000 sq km) and 23,716 industrial projects (14,000 sq km). The total forest and tree cover is spread across 802,088 square km, which is 24.39 percent of the geographical area of the country.
According to the Indian forest department, for every tree fallen, ten tree saplings should be planted to make up for its loss. But this practice is rarely followed. We all know that, Forests help us maintain ecological balance and reduce carbon footprints. However, hectares of forests are cut down or burnt every millisecond. Unimaginable, isn't it? Can we even exist in a world without trees and forests?
Background: Celebrating the importance of tree, Van Mahotsav was initiated in the year 1950 to celebrate the importance of growing and saving our forests and create awareness about the ill effects of deforestation.  It is an annual tree planting festival in the month of July. During this festival thousand of trees are planted all over India. It was started by K. M. Munshi, the Union Minister for Agriculture and Food at that time to create awareness and the importance of the conservation of forests and planting of new trees.
The name Van Mahotsava means 'the festival of trees'. It began after the July 1947 tree planting drive in Delhi heralded by national leaders like Dr Rajendra Prasad and Jawaharlal Nehru participated. The festival was simultaneously celebrated in a number of states in India. Since then, thousands of saplings of diverse species are planted with energetic participation of the locals and various agencies like the forest department.
Other benefits of tree planting: To increase production of fruits, which could be added to the potential food resources of the country. *Help create shelter-belts around agricultural fields to increase their productivity, *Provide fodder leaves for cattle to relieve intensity of grazing over reserved forests, *Boost soil conservation and prevent further deterioration of soil fertility.
No doubt, Governments, non-profit organizations are working hard to fight deforestation and  increase awareness. But to create a real impact, we all have to do our part.
Plant more Trees: Encourage your friends in your community to plant a tree and help keep your local forest safe (If you have one in your area). Every patch of green is worth saving.
Put pressure on companies that are destroying forests to manufacture their products by not buying from them. Support brands with zero deforestation policies and environment friendly products and encourage people to do the same. Be aware and ask how the products you buy are being made. Go green. Practice the 3 R's - Reduce, Reuse and Recycle to lower the need for more raw materials from Trees.
Fast Forest Facts: 13 million hectares of forest have been converted for other uses or destroyed by natural causes. Up to 28,000 species can go extinct in the next quarter century due to deforestation. By the year 2030, we might only have 10% of Rainforests left and it can all disappear in a hundred years, 10% of the world's forests are now protected areas. This is roughly the size of India. Cures for diseases have been found in plants and the raw materials come from our tropical rain forest.

Seminar on Startup India held

Port Blair, July 5: In an effort to mobilize the students and entrepreneurs of these Islands to become Startups leading to increase in employment in these Islands, Directorate of Industries, A&N Administration in association with Invest India Startup Team of Department for Industrial Development and Internal Trade, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Govt. of India organized a one day seminar on “Startup India” today (5th July 2019) in the Conference Hall of Directorate of Industries, A&N Administration. Shri Indu Shekhar Mishra, Secretary (Ind.), A&N Administration was the chief Guest of the inauguration session. The inauguration session started with planting and watering of plant by the Chief Guest and other dignitaries present in the seminar, symbolizing “Go green, save planet” concept.
The chief guest launched the Andaman and Nicobar Startup Website, which will enable the interested startups to online submit applications for various incentives under A&N Innovation and Startup Policy, it will also help the startups to get a know how about the new initiative of the Administration for development of Startups in these Islands.  
In his address, the chief guest requested the entrepreneurs and students to take up their self employment ventures and provide employment. He also requested the startups to avail the various benefits of Central Government and Andaman and Nicobar Administration for strengthening their startups.
Shri Ajit Anand, Director of Industries, A&N Administration welcomed the Guest and the participating students, startups and entrepreneurs. He informed the gathering about the various initiatives of Directorate of Industries to nurture the seeds of Innovation and Entrepreneurship for building an enabling eco-system in these Islands. He informed that A&N Islands with its Andaman and Nicobar Innovation and Startup Policy has become the first Union Territory to have its Startup Policy. He also informed that the operational guidelines for fiscal incentives under the policy has been notified and uploaded in the National Portal of Startup India and also in the Administration website. He detailed about the various incentives available under the startup Policy.
Shri Nishant Malhotra, Assistant Manager, Invest India gave a wide picture about the seminar and its objective. He also detailed about the various Central Support available for startups.
The inauguration session was followed by technical session, where Shri Aaqib Hussain, Director (I & We), Mr. Anirudh Rastogi, Founder IKIGAI Law, CA Anushk Kapoor, Co founder (Fitdote) and Mrs. Reema Jain, Gugair Advisors, LLP explained the gathering about the various aspects of Startup like Do’s and Don’ts while starting up, 10 mistake startup makes etc. Shri Nishant Malhotra, Assistant Manager, Invest India gave a presentation on Startup India.
The Seminar was attended by 150 students/startup’s and entrepreneurs. The technical session was followed by a pitching competition wherein Mr Tarun, Ms. Yasmin, Mr. Ujval Lall, Mr. Bikash Barua, Mr Vinod Varma, Mr Sunil Gupta and Mr Shivam Giri pitched their innovative idea. The Announcement of winner of pitching competition shall be declared through twitter handle of Startup India.