Saturday, April 4, 2020

Public advised to comply with all directions issued regarding COVID-19 Lockdown

SHOs authorized to act as complainants on behalf of Disaster Management Authority

Port Blair, Apr 4: Keeping in view the global experiences of countries which have been successful in containing the spread of COVID-19, the NDMA in its order dated 24th March 2020 has issued directions to all state UTs to take to prevent spread of COVID-19 and Ministry of Home affairs has subsequently given guidelines for enforcing lockdown.
    The Lt. Governor, A&N Islands under Section 60 of the Disaster Management 2005, has now authorized the concerned SHOs of the respective Police stations to act as a complainant on behalf of the UT Disaster Management Authority (DMA).
As per Section 51 of the Act, anybody who refuses to comply with directions given below on behalf of Central Government or UT Administration can be punished with a term of upto 1 year with or without fine and if such refusal leads to loss of lives or danger thereof, punishment can be extended to 2 years. Hence, the public have been advised to comply with all directions issued regarding COVID-19 lockdown including guidelines for home quarantine, staying indoors, not hoarding or black marketing essential goods etc.
    As per Section 54 of the Act, anybody who makes or circulate a false alarm or warning about a disaster, leading to panic, may be punished with imprisonment of 1 year or with fine. Hence people have been advised not to circulate any misinformation regarding COVID-19 by any source including making or circulating messages on social media.
    Anybody who makes a false claim for obtaining relief or assistance can also be punished with an imprisonment of upto 2 years and also with fine, as per Section 52 of the Act. Hence the public is hereby advised to make only genuine claims for obtaining any relief or assistance from the administration.
    The fight against this global pandemic needs coordinated efforts of Government as well as public and the administration hereby requests full cooperation of public in this regard. The concerned SHOs have been directed to ensure the safety requirement/ Rules are complied.

Prime Minister Garib Kalyan Yojana; amount will be credited to bank accounts of 4860 beneficiaries in Islands

Financial assistance of Rs.3000/- to live registered construction sector workers
Amount to be credited through Direct Benefit Transfer

Port Blair, Apr 4: The Govt. of India has announced a financial relief package under the Prime Minister Garib Kalyan Yojana to help the poor to fight the battle against Corona Virus under which it has been advised to utilise the funds under Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Fund to provide assistance and support to Building and Other Construction workers to protect them against economic disruptions.
Accordingly, the Lt Governor, A&N Islands has approved the scheme prepared by the Andaman and Nicobar Islands Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board of Labour Department to provide financial assistance of Rs.3000/- to approx. 5000 live registered construction sector workers.
The financial relief has been processed through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) and will be credited to the bank accounts of 4860 beneficiaries in 1-2 days amounting to Rs.1.46 crore approx. Hence, all the live registered beneficiaries have been requested to follow the schedule of disbursement published for withdrawal of amount and also to follow the social distancing norms.

LPG consumers advised to book refill cylinder after 25 days only

Port Blair, Apr 4: Since the start of the Lockdown, the Department of Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs has been receiving numerous complaints regarding LPG distribution. It has come to the notice of the Department that the LPG consumers are booking for refill of LPG cylinder in panic. All the LPG consumers have been advised to book for refill of LPG only after 25 days of previous LPG delivery. Any Booking for LPG refill before 25 days shall not be entertained.
    Further in case of any emergent situation, the consumer can opt for Preferred Time Delivery (PTD) from their respective distributors.

Admn. making efforts towards preventing spread of COVID-19 in A&N Islands

Extensive drive launched to screen all households to identify symptomatic cases in three Districts; People requested to cooperate 

 Port Blair, Apr 4: The UT Administration has effectively contained the spread of COVID-19 by putting effective filters at the point of entry and also implemented Containment Plans to prevent the spread of virus within a cluster. In this regard, the UT Administration has prepared State Containment Plan with the approval of State Levels Advisory Committee (SLAC) on outbreak response on March 18, 2020. Further, on directions from SLAC the District Advisory Committees have prepared the District Containment Plan.
    There are total 10 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in A&N Islands out of which 7 cases are from North & Middle Andaman District and 3 cases are from South Andaman District. It is pertinent to mention that these 7 cases of North & Middle Andaman District were detected at the Airport itself and were transported to isolation/quarantine facilities of the Administration on 24.03.2020. Therefore, there is no apprehension of spread of COVID-19 in North & Middle Andaman District through these confirmed cases as these persons did not reach North & Middle Andaman District after infection. Moreover, no case has been detected from North & Middle Andaman District so far locally.
     There are 3 confirmed cases from South Andaman District. The State Disease Surveillance Unit (SDSU) and District Administration have done contact listing of 2 cases out of these 3 cases and all the contacts as per the contact listing protocol prepared and tested in RMRC-ICMR, Laboratory Dollygunj were found negative except the wife of one confirmed case. Further, the SDSU and District Administration also listed the contacts of wife of one of the confirmed case and they were also got tested and found to be negative.
       To eliminate possibility of any left out contacts through local transmission, the District Administration with the help of SDSU further screened all the residents of the area within 3 Km radius of the residence of the confirmed case, as per criteria laid down in Cluster Containment Plan. The exercise has been completed and all the cases which had symptoms of cold, cough and fever, got tested from the RMRC-ICMR lab and found to be negative. Presently, all these contacts are under observation in quarantine facilities.
     In view of this, the Administration has primarily contained the possibility of transmission of virus from the mainland by quarantining all passengers who arrived upto 24.03.2020 and also traced the contacts of confirmed cases. However, there may be possibility of having some lone cases mixed up with public from sources such as passengers from mainland landed in Islands before 22.03.2020 or missed out contacts of confirmed cases. Therefore, now an extensive drive is launched to screen all the households in the Islands to identify symptomatic cases. The drive is currently going in all 3 Districts. Therefore, all the residents of Islands have been requested to cooperate with District Administration to complete this process to successfully prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the Islands.
    Till date, as many as 228 samples were tested, out of which 10 were positives and 218 were negative. Results of 13 samples are still awaited from RMRC-ICMR Port Blair.

Poem - Let us join together against COVID-19

Citizens corner 02/04/2020

 * The Lockdown, in one or other way have made a big change in every individual's life, in normal days those who was found busy, always unavailable to spend a quality time with family are now they have nothing to do, but they got the time to see themselves and realize about the life and find the factors which are important in life.

* Now our city is become spick and span during Lockdown, no spitters, no thrower and no drunkards are seen on roads, and especially people forgot to get closer to each other everywhere. I think, these practices must be continued even after Lockdown, not only to be protected from COVID-19, but for overall, one can get a lot of benefits out of it.

* The door to door supply of essential items to every individual house in the municipal areas was a flop idea. Here in Municipal wards, where two persons cannot pass at one go through narrow footpaths, i.e. without a proper infrastructure, how can the door to door supply of essential items to every individual house is possible? Thanks to our Member of Parliament, Shri Kuldeep Rai Sharma and local Advocates, who insisted the Administration to permit Grocery, Vegetable & Meat Shops, Fruits and Private Pharmacy shops to open. 

* The A&N Police is doing tremendous job by verifying the passage of vehicles and persons while crossing barricades to limit the unnecessary passages. Which become a cause of disappoint for road Romeos these days as Lockdown has locked their wheels.

* Hope, after successful conclusion of Lockdown, and after observing all suspicious COVID-19 cases in A&N Islands get verify. The A&N Islands will start with a new day with benevolent people all around.

Note: This disclaimer informs readers that the views, thoughts, and opinions expressed in the above text is purely based on citizens' voice, and the TMI is not liable for any content in the Citizens Corner. 

Coordination, cooperation and strict vigilance are the keys to contain COVID-19

TMI Desk

 GB Pant Hospital Port Blair, where blood samples is being taking. 

 ICMR Dollygunj, where collected samples is being tested. 

 COVID-19 Ward at GB Pant Hospital, where positive cases is being treated. 

Port Blair, April 01: Coordination between various departments during Lock-down: Andaman & Nicobar Administration is already started working in coordinative manner with its various departments, specifically, Health Department which plays a lead role during this period of time is doing an exceptional job, they must be fully equipped with complete protection kits, as they are the only persons who have to be in contact with confirmed infected persons during treatment; A&N Police, the front-line force which deals in controlling the people is also doing its best during the lock-down, of course wherever they find any violation of lock-down they must handle toughly, but not upon followers; Transport Department is providing services through its buses in every possible way for staffs of various departments who are working as front-line workers; PBMC workers are also among the front-line workers who maintain the city sanitized, should not face shortage of self protective kits for workers make use of them; Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs is also require to monitor the timely supply of goods to the private firms and FPS to manage the demand of supplies (LPG, Ration) to the public; and other departments too rendering their valuable services to make the Lock-down successful.

 Queues are maintained by male and female separately keeping above one meter social distancing.

 Lock-down affect: The roads which are found busy always in the heart of the city, is now seen empty.  

Cooperation of Public: Basically, the people of Andaman and Nicobar Islands are tolerant, but the sudden plan of administration i.e. door to door delivery system has put the public at concern in beginning of the 21 days Lock-down, as they know that in the municipal area they are already inhabiting in a congested areas that too with narrow pathways, where two persons cannot pass at one go is hard to get any door step services, which made the citizens run around grocery shops during the beginning of Lock-down. Officials A&N Administration too, after finding themselves incapable to serve the essential groceries at door steps of citizens, have granted permission to essential shops to open. With the continuous announcements about prevention and safety measures to stop the spread of COVID-19 by PBMC and 'Stay Home - Be Safe' slogans by A&N Police, the people now are become aware and maintaining social distancing.

 A&N Police at various barricades are strictly verifying the passages.  

Strict Vigilance: Presently, 304 persons are under institutional quarantine in 17 guest houses / private hotels. Besides that, 1298 people are under home quarantine. The Administration is closely observing the health conditions of these people and in case they develop any symptoms of cough, cold and fever their samples will be sent to the lab for testing. The people of the Islands therefore have been requested to inform the Health Department on its helpline 102, if they observe any symptoms of cold, cough and fever in home quarantine persons.

Capacity of affordance of poor people is come down to the ground after COVID-19 attack in Islands

Buying vegetables are become a sky's dream

TMI Correspondent
Port Blair, April 01: The vegetable which are sold earlier like, leave vegetables, brinjal, lady fingers and others in Rs.20/-, 60/- and 80/- rupees are now selling in Rs.50/-, 120/- per kilogram. When consumers ask to give reason behind the hike in price, the vegetable shopkeepers says, due to non availability of vehicles and process of getting permit for authority, the high price they charges, and accordingly we does. Consumers allege that, neither the fuel price is hiked nor farmers selling them at high price. But, the vegetable mafias become active at this crucial time to loot the poor consumers, especially, when the people are at require of some healthy food to build up their immunity to fight against COVID-19.

Promotion of Class I-VIII students without exams, X and XII Boards later: CBSE

Port Blair, April 01: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) declared on Wednesday that all students in Classes I to VIII will be promoted to the next class without any examination, while students in class IX and XI will be promoted on the basis of their school-based assessments, projects, and periodic tests held before schools were shut. The announcement passed after directions issued by the Ministry of Human Resource and Development (HRD).
HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal during the day tweeted, "Due to the ongoing #COVID19 situation and keeping in mind the academic future of students, I have advised @cbseindia29 to conduct board examinations only for 29 main subjects that are required for promotion & maybe crucial for admissions in HEIs. I have also advised CBSE to promote all students studying in classes I-VIII to the next class /grade."
In a statement, CBSE said that the board examinations will be conducted for 29 subjects of class X and XII at a later date. The Board said that "at this stage, it is difficult for the board to decide and announce the new schedule for the examination." Any decision in this regard will be taken by undertaking extensive consultation with higher education authorities and by keeping all aspects related to entrance exams, admissions dates, etc. in mind. The Board will give notice of about 10 days to all stakeholders before starting the Board examinations, according to CBSE.

FIR ordered against two COVID positives for misleading information

Port Blair, April 01: The Deputy Commissioner, South Andaman District has ordered to register FIR against Shri Farzand Ali, R/o Dugnabad and Shri S. Rehman, R/o Round Basthi who have been recently tested positive for COVID -19 for continuously misleading the contact tracing in tracing their contacts and giving wrong information of the places they had visited during the home quarantine period apart from violating the terms and conditions of Home Quarantine.
Any delay in tracing of contacts may lead to the spread of the COVID-19 in the Islands and  in view of this, the above mentioned persons are liable to be prosecuted U/s 269, 271 and 188 of the IPC and Section 51 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, press release said.

COVID-19: Secretary, IP assures full support to media

Port Blair, April 01: The Secretary, IP today called upon the President, ANMF and assured that the UT administration will extend full support for the smooth functioning of the media units in the islands. It may be recalled here that recently the Secretary, IP has met the mediapersons to know the problems faced by the media in the islands.
Media persons brought to his knowledge about issues like issuing of media pass so that media here can perform its duty and release of government advertisements to the local media. The Secretary, IP told the President, ANMF that the has brought the issue before the knowledge of the Chief Secretary and the UT administration is working to provide some relief to the media units by way of releasing advertisement. So far, IP Division has issued media pass to about daily weekly, fortnightly and monthly 27 newspapers operating from the islands.