Thursday, April 30, 2020

MP expresses solidarity to workers and labours on the occasion of “May Day”

Port Blair, April 30: On the occasion of "MAY DAY" Shri Kuldeep Rai Sharma, Member of Parliament and President INTUC (A&N Islands) and all other leaders of INTUC and it's affiliated Trade Unions has expressed solidarity with the labour community and the working class people belonging to government, private, organised and unorganised sectors and assured to fight for their legitimate cause and wellbeing.  Shri Sharma conveyed to workers and labours who eagerly wait for the May Day procession, that due to prevailing lockdown imposed for maintaining social distancing to fight against COVID-19 pandemic there shall be no May Day procession in the Islands. 
He said, though decision of lockdown to contain the spread of COVID-19 pandemic in our Islands was inevitable but at the same time it left a vast section of our population high and dry who are  poor, weaker and marginalized, particularly not belonging to organised or formal sector. In our Islands there is a very vast unorganised or informal sector which has become the most vulnerable in the lockdown. There are lot many people in the Islands also belonging to unorganised sector such as fishermen, fish vendors, agriculture labours, street vendors, small tea/pan shops, persons working in various traders/merchant shops, house maid, auto rickshaw, bus, car, jeep, truck, van drivers, cleaners, harour and truck labours  and various categories of  vehicles involved in tourism and local transport, cargo transportation, public carrier etc., coconut vendors, bamboo labourers, automobile garage workers, carpenters, cook and waiters, cobblers, barbers, dhobi, tinsmiths, blacksmiths, tailors, plumbers, electrician, workers in mills, food vendors, domestic workers, vegetable vendor, security guards, small boat workers in tourism industry, priests MGNREGA workers etc who are daily wage earners, for them if they don’t earn they can't eat, hence staying at home for such a long period has become a question of survival for them and need to be provided free ration and financial assistance of Rs.5000/-to meet the essential needs of livelihood.
To combat the unemployment situation in the Islands Shri Sharma expressed that there should not be any retrenchment of daily wage, casual, contract and Part Time workers engaged in various departments and autonomous organization of A & N Administration and also of Central Government functioning in the Islands and demanded for their  regular appointment. He said that there is no uniformity in monthly wages being paid by various departments of A&N Administration to the temporary employees engaged on casual, short & annual term contract basis despite the Supreme Court order of "equal pay for equal work" and the DoPT direction in this regard. He further emphasised that the vacant posts held with various departments need to be filled expeditiously from the unemployed youths of these Islands by stopping online system. 
Shri Sharma said that beside government employment, Tourism, Fisheries and Farming are the major sectors which provides employment to Islanders. The Administration need to make business friendly policies in all these sectors and particularly in the tourism sector so that it become easy for the Tourism industry revive and survive post lockdown period. To attract more tourist to visit the Islands, the administration must proactively take up the matter of extending the additional Leave Travel Concession given by Government of India to the Central Government employees to visit A&N Islands in lieu of Home Town LTC by air to A&N Islands which is expiring on 25.09.2020 as September being the beginning of Tourist season in the Islands.
          Shri Kuldeep Rai Sharma said that there are lot many issues concerning to the working class people of our Islands which are regularly brought to the notice of the Administration and in most of the occasion relief is rendered by the Administration.  Being a Member of Parliament representing the people of these Islands it is my privilege to raise the issue concerning to working class people and Labours of both organised and unorganised sectors at the highest level and no stone shall be left unturned in this regard said Shri Sharma, a communication said.

Admn. decided to scale down operation of Containment Zones

Port Blair, April 30: The UT Administration of A&N Islands has decided to scale down operation of the Containment Zones in Atlanta Point, Dignabad, Round Basti, Sisti Nagar, Mohanpura and Biggiline. Presently, the South Andaman District is under Red Zone and having the following containment zones:
Containment Zone 1:     Atlanta Point, Dignabad, Round Basti, Sisti Nagar, Mohanpura
Containment Zone 2:     Biggiline
Containment Zone 3:   Bambooflat, Shorepoint, Hopetown, Stewartgunj, Wimberlygunj, Kanyapuram, Nayapuram, Mannarghat
Containment Zone 4:     Teylerabad and Calicut.
    The Ministry in a video conference held on 30.04.2020 with Cabinet Secretary has clarified that if no fresh COVID-19 case has been detected in the past 21 days, then the categorization of that area may be reduced by one level i.e. from Red Zone to Orange Zone or from Orange Zone to Green Zone.
    It is pertinent to mention that there are no COVID-19 cases after 29.03.2020 in Atlanta Point, Dignabad, Round Basti, Sisti Nagar and Mohanpura and in Biggiline area after 08.04.2020. Therefore, the Administration has decided to scale down operation of Containment Zone 1 and Containment Zone 2. However, the categorization of South Andaman District will remain as RED ZONE as it still has 02 (Two) operational Containment Zones.
    The Administration will however closely monitor these areas up to 15.05.2020. The District Administration and Health Department will continue to carry out surveillance of ILI / SARI cases in these areas along with other areas of South Andaman District. The people should also meticulously follow the lockdown provisions as per the orders issued by the Administration.

Stranded people at Port Blair, Chennai (To & Fro) have been asked to register themselves by 2nd May, 2020

Port Blair, April 30: The Government of India vide MHA Order No. 40-3/2020-DM-I (A) dated 29th April 2020 has permitted movement of stranded migrant workers, pilgrims, tourists, students and others. Accordingly, the A&N Administration is planning to schedule suitable vessels for transportation of passengers stranded both ways i.e. from Port Blair to Chennai and from Chennai to Port Blair.
    The transportation of such passengers shall be on ONE TIME, ONE WAY basis only. Further, a detailed protocol in accordance with the guidelines issued by the MHA and Ministry of Health is also being prepared and will be promulgated suitably.
    Primarily, only asymptomatic passengers who clear the screening process will be allowed to board the ship. Further, all personnel arriving at Port Blair shall mandatorily undergo a home / institutional quarantine and all passengers would be required to give an undertaking to this effect before boarding. Meanwhile, all stranded personnel have been requested to register themselves via SMS ONLY latest by 5 pm on 2nd May, 2020 with the following authorities as per the format below:
A & N Islands to Chennai / Chennai to A & N Islands
Present Location
Final Destination
Mobile Number

Contact personnel:
Asst. Marine Engineer
For travel between A & N Islands to Chennai
Tel: 03192-238017
For enquiry – 10 AM to 5 PM, all days
Mob: 9932080480 / 9150572319 (SMS ONLY)
Asst Director (Shipping Services), Chennai
For travel between Chennai to A & N Islands
Tel: 044 – 25226873 / 25220841
For enquiry – 10 AM to 5 PM, all days
Mob: 9434272187 (SMS ONLY)
    Based on the data of stranded personnel, sailings will be scheduled in the near future and announced accordingly. The stranded personnel will be required to reach Port Blair and Chennai Port at 1 pm on the scheduled dates of sailing.