Tuesday, April 7, 2020

No window in Administration to disseminate status & strategy

No one knows what is going on & what is going to happen: President, ANMF 
  Port Blair, 5th Apr, 2020: A lot is going on throughout the Union territory to contain the health emergency due to Coronavirus outbreak. But no one other than the higher officials of the UT Administration is aware about the current action and further plan of action. Through Administrations official mouth piece “The Daily Telegrams”, islanders are kept informed of No. of tests done, positive cases, relief Centre’s, bus routes etc., but there is no window to inform the local private media and public representatives about current action and further plan of action for identification of COVID suspect cases and containment strategy.
   Ganeshan, President- Andaman Nicobar Media Federation (ANMF) told this daily that earlier in disaster and emergency like situations Administration was functioning in a transparent manner with due cooperation and assistance of Public representatives. But the present team is not in disclosing its action plan and strategies to public representatives. This may not only make the execution difficult for administration but will also add shortfall in accomplishment of tasks. Today, Ganeshan tried to approach/contact the Deputy Commissioner- South Andaman, Secretary-Disaster Management and relief commissioner Disaster Management with regard to functioning of relief camp, enrolment of eligible persons in the camp, availability of safety gears for PBMC workers and other issues related to lockdown and containment plan. But none of the authorities were available for talk or disclosure of action plan. It seems that Administration has no faith and confidence on public representatives in dealing with COVID-19 and such approach is not good for democratic system, he added.

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