Tuesday, April 28, 2020

MP bats for further payment of construction workers

Port Blair, April 28: Shri Kuldeep Rai Sharma, Member of Parliament, A&N Islands has requested the Labour Commissioner, A&N Administration to further give Rs.3000/- (Three thousand) as 2nd instalments of Ex-gratia payment to 4906 live registered construction workers who has been already paid Rs.3000/- (Three thousand) under Pradhan Manthri Gharib Kalyan Yojana as the lockdown period has been extended from 14.04.2020 to 03.05.2020.  Further he said that the ex-gratia payment of Rs.6000 (Six thousand) to be provided to the newly registered construction workers who are approximately 5000 in numbers.  He also said that by restoration of membership of registered workers about 5000 in number whose membership has been ceased on account of non payment of subscription also to be provided Rs.6000/- (Six thousand) through Direct Benefit Transfer.  By implementing this scheme, near about 15,000 (Fifteen thousand) construction workers will get Rs.6000/- which will be beneficial for them to purchase their ration items at this crisis of COVID-19 under Pradhan Manthri Gharib Kalyan Yojana, a press release from MP office said here today. 

MP requests Secy. (Shipping) to start sailings

Port Blair, April 28: Shri Kuldeep Rai Sharma, Member of Parliament, A&N Islands has requested Secretary (Shipping), A&N Administration to start the sailings of ships and boats to transport the general public  to Inter Islands who are held up at Port Blair due to lock down of COVID-19.  He said many patients, students and general public stranded at Port Blair and are facing lot of hardships due to non availability of proper food, water, shelter etc and even the money available with them has been exhausted. Before allowing them to go back to their places, COVID-19 test may be done.  Similarly, many people from North & Middle Andaman district are also stranded at Swaraj Dweep and Saheed Dweep who are also facing same problems. They may also be shifted to their residential places by arranging special boats, a press release from MP office said here.

SOPs for undertaking permitted activities in Little Andaman, Rutland, Shaheed Dweep & Swaraj Dweep issued

Port Blair, Apr 28
    In order to mitigate the hardship of the Public, the Chief Secretary, A&N Islands vide Orders dated 27th April, 2020 has directed that the consolidated revised guidelines of the Ministry of Home Affairs. Govt. of India dated 15lh April, 2020 incorporating SOPs for social distancing at offices, work places, establishments and other sectoral requirements, shall be applicable to the Islands of Rutland, Swaraj Dweep, Shaheed Dweep and Little Andaman of South Andaman District, as no positive case of COVID-19 has been reported till date from these Islands.
    Accordingly, the District Administration South Andaman has allowed the following activities by issuing an order detailing the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to be followed by various departments/agencies for undertaking these permitted activities in the Islands of Little Andaman, Rutland, Shaheed Dweep & Swaraj Dweep.
·         Mines & mineral production, their transportation, supply of explosives and activities in incidental to mining operations.
·         Construction of roads, irrigation projects, buildings and all kinds of industrial projects.
·         Operation of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).
·         MGNREGA   works   with   priority    given    irrigation    and    water conservation projects.
·         Hollow block industries, and
·         Any  other activities that  may  fall in  the  scheme of permitted activities and approved by the District Administration, South Andaman.
    All the departments/agencies have been directed to strictly implement the National Directives for COVID-19 Management and the Standard Operating Procedures for Social distancing for offices, Workplace, Factories and Establishments, as prescribed by the MHA, in the above stated orders. They have been directed to ensure:
·         Respiratory hygiene at the worksite / manufacturing unit.
·         All the staff should be medically screened within seven days from the scheduled  recommencement of the  work  and  to  arrange  for  their periodic medical examination.
·         Obtain requisite movement/vehicle permits.
·         To refrain from employing staff who are more than 65 years of age/ suffering from major ailment and who may be susceptible to infections.
·         Sanitize all the vehicles, machinery and equipment at the worksite everyday.
     Further, SOPs have been issued by the District Administration for the day to day operation and maintenance of STS buses in the Islands of Swaraj Dweep, Shaheed Dweep and Little Andaman. As per the SOP, buses of the State Transport Service (STS) shall be operated within the Islands on permitted routes only with not more than 40% of the registered seating capacity and regular sanitization of buses shall be ensured after each trip. Further, all crew members and commuters shall compulsorily wear mask/face cover.

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Competent authority to issue movement/ vehicle permit In the Inlands covered by these orders
Control room phone numbers
Rut Land

Incident Commander/ Revenue Inspector
Swaraj Dweep

Incident Commander/ Revenue Inspector
Shaheed Dweep


BDO/Tehsildar/lncident Commander
Little Andaman

Electricity Department to raise bills by direct meter reading & provisional billing

Port Blair, Apr 28: The Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (for the State of Goa and Union Territories) has acknowledged the gravity and unprecedented nature of the situation prevailing in the country which has affected the ability of the Electricity Department in maintaining its infrastructure and serve bills to the consumers and on the other hand, the ability of the consumers to pay the bills. Besides, the industrial and commercial consumers are staring at a situation of low production/demand on services.
    In order to mitigate the hardship of Electricity Consumers and Electricity Department in view of nationwide lockdown due to COVID-19, the Hon’ble Commission has taken the following decisions:
  • The Electricity Department shall try to raise bills to their consumers in the following manner:

·        by direct meter reading wherever possible.
·        by provisional billing.
  • The Electricity Department shall extend the due date for payment of electricity bills (including those already raised) where the due dates fall between 24th March, 2020 and June 30, 2020 by further two weeks without Late Payment Sur Charge (LPSC). Provided further that if such extended due date falls beyond 30th June, 2020, it will not be extended beyond 30th June, 2020.
  • The Commission has powers to modify its tariff orders under Section 62 of Electricity Act 2003. In exercise of this power, Commission has reduced LPSC @ 1% p.m. instead of 2% p.m. as provided in its tariff orders dated 20th May, 2019. This relaxation is purely of temporary nature for the period starting from 24th March, 2020 to 30th June, 2020.
  • A moratorium on payment of Fixed Charges is provided to all industrial and commercial consumers for the bills raised during the period from 24/3/2020 to 30/6/2020, which they can avail if they so desire. These deferred charges shall be recovered in an equated manner over next three bills to be raised after 30th June, 2020.

For any further enquiry, consumers may contact respective site office telephonically.