Thursday, June 24, 2021

Citizens’ Corner : 24/06/2021

* Some regular PBMC workers are seen driving Autorikshaws to add more bucks in their pockets that too during duty hours and beyond. I am working in the APWD, so can I too drive any auto, taxi or cargo van, during or after duty hours? Please. So that, we can earn more and more, keeping the unemployed and poor islanders aside.

* Administration is extending lockdown by giving some more relaxations suitably according to COVID-19 situation in the A&N Islands. However, it is also the responsibility of the citizens of islands to move by following COVID Appropriate Behavior (CAB) in the permissible timing seriously. In other words we should assume the CAB as part of our routine behavior, so that we all can win the fight against any variant of Coronavirus.

* In this modern world, when everybody during lockdown keeping themselves busy with electronic gazettes to stop themselves move outside from their homes, the frequent power cuts and fluctuation by the electricity department  is damaging the electronic gazettes (TVs, Phones, Modems, Fridges, Washing Machines, and etc.) is becoming more burden for them economically.

* General public are befooled by some Private Hospitals in the islands at several occasion at large scale, and in a recent revelation, 'a well-known Private Hospital in city takes about Rs.17,00,000/- to treat a patient', as per verified information. In response, Islands' District Administration & Health Department three weeks ago has issued a notices to the said Private Hospital asking clarification within 3 days against the treatment and charges. But, seems the authorities didn't get any clarification from the said Pvt. Hospital, yet. 

Secy. (IP&T) urges general public to continue support to fight against COVID-19

TMI Correspondent

Port Blair, June 23: The Secretary (IP&T), Shri Sunil Kumar Singh addressing the media persons on COVID-19 status in the Islands held in the conference hall of IP&T here this evening said that during the RT-PCR conducted on 297 incoming passengers who arrived here yesterday by flight, 6 positive cases have been detected despite carrying RT-PCR report from mainland. He further informed that 2 flights with 285 passengers arrived today and the RT-PCR reports are awaited. He also stated that during the RAT conducted on 259 passengers proceeding to N&M Andaman at Ferrargunj no positive case has been detected. He said, that today till 4 pm, 476 beneficiaries were vaccinated in South Andaman District, out of which, 440 were in the age group of 18-44 and the rest were above 45 plus age group.

The Secretary further said that the A&N Administration is committed to protect the Islanders against the COVID pandemic, however, the support of general public is very much important towards the fight against COVID-19 virus. COVID- appropriate behaviour and adhering to COVID protocol by every individual will help to restrict and contain the spread of the virus.

The Director, ANIIMS, Dr. AK Mandal disclosed that the 13 COVID positive patients are presently undergoing treatment in the G.B Pant Hospital. Today, 1 COVID patient was discharged. Out of the 13 patients, 9 patients are on Oxygen support and no patient is on ventilator, he added. 

The Deputy Director, G.B Pant Hospital, Dr. Amitabha De disclosed that in the three COVID Care Centres functioning in Port Blair, 1 patient was discharged. Altogether, 3 patients are presently being taken care of in these three COVID Care Centres while 1 person was admitted in COVID Care Centre Wimberlygunj and 3 patients are presently in this Centre, he added.

3914 people were vaccinated today; drive is continuing smoothly

Port Blair, June 23: The vaccination drive is continuing smoothly in A&N Islands. As per the data received from Health Department, a total of 1,44, 816 beneficiaries have been vaccinated so far in A&N Islands. A total of 3914 people were vaccinated today in A&N Islands while the number of eligible people vaccinated in the age group of 18 to 44 years stood at 24,608 in isles.

2343 beneficiaries were vaccinated in South Andaman District, out of which, 2281 were in the age group of 18-44 years. In North & Middle Andaman District, 783 beneficiaries were vaccinated, out of which, 769 were in the age group of 18-44 years. In Nicobar District, 788 beneficiaries were vaccinated, out of which, 755 were in the age group of 18-44 years.

MP called on LG

Shri Kuldeep Rai Sharma, Hon'ble MP, A&N Islands called on Admiral D K Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM (Retd.), Hon'ble Lt Governor, A&N Islands and Vice-Chairman, Islands Development Agency. Discussed further relaxations in COVID-19 regime, Identifying additional PPP Projects for Tourism and Hospitality in the Islands & expediting the ongoing projects.

Proactive step by District Administration contains the further spread COVID-19 in Little Andaman

Port Blair, June 21: Due to the sudden surge in COVID positive cases, the entire villages under Little Andaman was declared as containment zone. The District Administration has taken various proactive steps to contain the further spread of COVID among the inhabitants of the island.

The District Administration has stationed Director (RD) and Dy. SP for the strict monitoring of containment measures and also a community medical expert is also posted to supplement the existing medical team and therapeutically address the COVID situation.

The Director (RD) has taken all necessary steps to control the situation on war-footing and ensure the containment measures. A total of 127 staff from various departments has been engaged for field surveillance, who are conducting door to door survey and collecting information regarding the health status. Further two teams consisting of 17 staffs is also formed acting as Supervisors and Coordinators for collecting the information from the field staffs for providing medical guidance, medicines and other required help/guidance to the public.

Further during his visit to Little Andaman, Shri Suneel Anchipaka, District Magistrate (SA) had instructed the officers deputed there to ensure that all essential supplies are delivered door to door and no inconvenience is caused to the general public in any manner, which has also been ensured by the officials.

The field surveillance staffs have successfully covered the entire households of Little Andaman within two days. During the door to door survey, so far 103 ILI/SARI cases were detected and all the symptomatic cases were provided with medicine kits.

The DM (SA) has expressed his happiness over the dedication and commitment shown by the field staffs, medical staffs and also lauded the cooperation of the Ex-PRIs, community leaders and general public in supporting the efforts of the Administration, which would definitely help contain the present COVID situation in the Island.

International Yoga Day at Child Care Institutions

Port Blair, June 21: International Yoga Day 2021 is observed on 21st June 2021 across the globe. The theme for this year is "Yoga for Well Being". To mark the occasion, all the children of Child Care Institutions practised Yoga to begin their day. The main aim to observe this day among the children of CCI is to help children manage their anxiety. The breathing exercises and relaxation techniques helps children with stress management especially during this COVID-19 pandemic due to which the children are under tremendous mental and physical stress.

To overcome this pandemic situation, District Administration extends all possible help and motivates not just the children of CCIs but also the general public to adopt yoga as a lifestyle habit throughout the lockdown and pandemic period in order to build a strong physical, mental and spiritual health system.

Seventh International Day of Yoga by ANC

Port Blair, June 21: The Seventh International Day of Yoga was celebrated with great zeal and enthusiasm at various units and formations across the A&N Islands, from INS Kohassa in Diglibur, INS Utkrosh in Port Blair and AF Station, Car Nicobar to INS Baaz at Campbell Bay.  Personnel of Andaman and Nicobar Command (ANC) practiced Yoga on 21 Jun 21 through organised online events along with their families from within the confines of their homes.  

Yoga was also conducted onboard naval ships in harbour and those deployed at sea. Yoga sessions which were organised as physical events were in stri cct compliance with Covid-19 guidelines. To benefit the larger community, pre-recorded Yoga sessions by certified Yoga experts were disseminated to all the Components to enable maximum benefit from the online event, a communication said.

Citizens’ Corner : 17/06/2021

* Social Media is Social Media and Print Media is Print Media, people must trust the authentic information or news and not the other hoaxes, which reaching to you quickly, but not verified.

* Partial thanks to the District Administration for giving more time to buy, sell of essentials, at least the early morning tension was cleared to rush the markets on everyday basis, now we get time to collect all the items at one go to purchase anything.

* Some regular PBMC workers are seen driving Autorikshaws to add more bucks in their pockets that too during duty hours and beyond. I am working in the APWD, so can I too drive any auto, taxi or cargo van, during or after duty hours? Please. So that we can earn more and more.

* The most luckiest persons in A&N Islands are government servants, the blessed and God men have no worries of anything. Of course, some works responsibly and giving justice to their respective jobs. But, those who are corrupt and also looking after other businesses in duty hours are more blessed, because human can't see them and who knows where would be that God during that time.

* General public are befooled by some Private Hospitals in the islands at several occasion at large scale, and recent revelation a well-known Private Hospital in city takes Rs.17,00,000/- to treat two members of same family" information become viral in social media. In response, Islands' District & Health authority two weeks ago has issued a notices to the said Private Hospital asking clarification within 3 days against the viral bill. Is the concerned authorities will keep silent and keep overlook the islanders' life & death issue?

Blood donation camp organised by YBSSC Trust at Blood Bank

Port Blair, June 16: On the occasion of World Blood Donor Day, Yuva Bharat Samaj Seva Charitable Trust had organized a voluntary blood donation camp at Blood Bank at G.B. Pant Hospital in association with Andaman & Nicobar AIDS Control Society (ANACS) dated 14th June 2021. The camp was organized under the leadership of Dr. Kodand Ram, Chief Medical officer, Blood Bank, G.B. Pant Hospital, and Dr. M. Joy, Project Director, A & N AIDS Control Society.

The main objective of the blood donation camp was to provide blood to needy people who can't afford life-saving blood for themselves or their family members because of the ongoing pandemic.

A total of 31 donors donated voluntarily. After donating the blood, the donors' were honored with credentials by our trust. Also, refreshment was given by ANACS. This camp not only created awareness among the volunteers' but also inculcated societal responsibilities. Further, the donors' enthusiastically participated in this noble event.

"Someone lives saved through somebody's blood donation. Sympathy alone cannot save people in chronic conditions, but blood can. A unit of blood donated save three lives, and this was the stronghold that inspired the trust into an impressive turnout for this noble cause."

MP discuses on water projects with Secretary (APWD)

Port Blair, June 16: The Member of Parliament, Shri Kuldeep Rai Sharma, along with the Ex-chairperson PBMC, K Ganeshan today met the Secretary, APWD at his office and discussed major water projects proposed in the islands. He informed the Secretary about the difficulties faced by the residents due to the water crisis Six Municipal Wards, particularly during the dry season. He also requested the Secretary, APWD for completing the repair works of pipelines damaged due to the Dairy Farm Culvert Project. The Secretary, APWD informed the MP that out of the two pipelines damaged at the culvert project site, repair work of one pipeline is already completed and repair work of another pipeline is under progress which will also be completed shortly. Once the work is completed residents will face no water problems. On the culvert project, she informed that work is progressing at a fast pace and is likely to be completed soon. On the proposed major water projects, she informed that the submarine pipeline laying work in the Rutland water supply project between Phongi Ballu at Chidiya Tapu and Rut Land will start shortly as experts from mainland will arrive in the islands shortly. In the same manner, works for the Flat Bay water project will also commence soon as experts team have already submitted their final reports and sanctioned obtained. She also informed that directions have been issued to various Panchayats in the islands to undertake desilting works of various water sources in the islands, including ring wells. Shri Kuldeep Rai Sharma requested the Secretary to expedite all the water projects so that the residents of the islands do not face a crisis in the summer when the demand of the water is more and supply is not sufficient.

Citizens’ Corner : 10/06/2021

* Administration must keep the public aware about the burning and pending issues of islands in the public interest. In an instance as a well-known Private Hospital in city takes Rs.17,00,000/- to treat two members of same family" information become viral in social media. The Deputy Director, G.B. Pant Hospital, Shri Amitabha De has informed that Chakraborthy Hospital is not officially entitled to treat COVID patients. The DC & DHS has issued a notice to Chakraborthy Hospital in this regard as part of investigation. What next??

* Renowned private hospitals in the city are running their business like never before, not even sparing amid pandemic in fact doubling the business with a formula "operation is success, but patient died". Of course, nobody is here to check them whether they have proper permission or not, are they eligible or not, registered under National Medical Commission or not, and nobody minds about the charges regulation for private medicals in these Islands.

* With the 2 hours (6 to 8 am) permission for selling and buying essential items in this lockdown. Sellers and buyers are seen engaged in a war foot manner to manage the time. We have expected some relaxation in this week's lockdown directive in view of slight decline in number of COVID cases in islands, but disappointedly same restrictions were applied. Let me sleep, have to wake up tomorrow at 5 am!

* The luckiest persons in A&N Islands are government servants, the blessed and god men have no worries of anything. Of course, some works responsibly and giving justice to their respective jobs, but rest are more blessed without any tensions.

Humanity at work for essentially needy in Isles

 
TMI Bureau

Port Blair, June 09: In the 2nd wave of pandemic in these Islands lot of local private workers and people in general are facing trouble to meet their daily needs because of extended lockdown, and some Social Organizations, Charitable Trusts and Good Samaritans came forward once again to help the needy people in these islands.

Accordingly, All India Legal Rights Organisation has distributed Ration Kits among much needed people of Haddo Ward No.2, Mithakari, Ograbranj, Tushnabad, & Chouldari which consist of Rice, 2 types of pulses, 3 types of vegetables, salt, oil, and spices etc. "Efforts are on to help as many needy people of this Islands during this Pandemic Situation" said Mr R. Vasanth, Youth Wing Secretary (AILRO).

Yuva Bharat Samaj Seva Charitable Trust (YBSSCT) undertook food relief measures for widows, Street vendors, Labourers, and daily wage workers, who lost their jobs during this pandemic. The ration kits were distributed to needy people at Dairy Farm, Prem Nagar, Haddo, Dignabad, Anarkali Basti, Dollygunj, Old Pahargoan, Prothrapur, Brichgunj, and Kamraj Nagar. A total of 100+ ration kits were distributed among the needy families.

Working with a thought of "No One sleeps without a meal", Port Blair Guru Ki Rasoi has provided ration kits to some needy families in Buniyadabad in the presence of Mr. K.Ganeshan. It has also provided with ration kits at Coffee Bageecha to around 10-15 families at each area. Mr. Mandeep Grewal , President, PBGKR quoted that "will try whatever best is in our reach to do for our beloved islanders, anyone in need of the ration can reach us at 9933222191 / 94342 95278."

As all are non-profitable organization and are rely on community support. Organizations expressed thanks to every individual donor for their contribution and support. Also, thanks are due to the Food Corporation of India, FSD, Port Blair for extending their support by providing ration items at a fair price.

Many of the occasions at many areas of Ration Kits Distribution were graced by Shri Suneel Anchipaka, DC South Andaman, Shri Hari Kallikkat, SDM South Andaman, and Miss. B. Yashaswini, AC (UT), and are appreciated the humane gesture by Social Organizations and motivated the dignitaries for coming forward during the time of much needed to the society.

Citizens’ Corner : 03/06/2021

* It is understood that IAS & DANICS officials are ruling these A&N Islands, among them some are good and humble towards people, on the other side some are head weight officials. Anyhow, how come a powerful & aware IAS officer can take the law in his hands and brutally beat his staff who is unfortunately an Islanders. Heard, FIR is launched against an IAS officer only after the intervention of worthy DGP, A&N Police. Hope for a true justice.

* Renowned private hospitals in the city are running their business like never before, not even sparing amid pandemic in fact doubling the business with a formula "operation is success, but patient died". Of course, nobody is here to check them whether they have proper permission or not, are they eligible or not, registered under National Medical Commission or not, and nobody minds about the charge regulation for private medicals in these Islands.

* "Well-known Private Hospital in city takes Rs.17,00,000/- to treat two members of same family" information become viral in social media. The Deputy Director, G.B. Pant Hospital, Shri Amitabha De has informed that Chakraborthy Hospital is not officially entitled to treat COVID patients. The DC & DHS has issued a notice to Chakraborthy Hospital in this regard as part of investigation. GB Pant Hospital is the only entitled Hospital to test & treat COVID-19 patients in these islands till now.

* Some section of islanders demand to restrict incoming and outgoing passenger flights until the situation come to ease. Administration is not taking it seriously, but keep checking at the gateway of COVID-19 infection. Administrative Officials says, only Govt. of India can do something in this regard.

One Incoming Passenger arrested with 5.5 KG of Ganja

Port Blair, June 02: Following credible information that one person is coming to Port Blair from Chennai in a fight with huge amount of Ganja, a joint team of PS Chatham and PS Aberdeen was formed headed by SI Shubham Ghosh & SI Mazumder respectively on May 31.

The team soon reached ITF Ground and checked the belonging of the passenger, Mr. Ganesh Baag, a resident of Chennai and seized 5.5 KG of Ganja.

The operation was carried out under the leadership of SDPO, South Andaman, ASP Kalaivanan R under overall supervision of Mr. Ravi Kumar, SP SA.

It is believed that more arrests are possible in this case as Mr. Ganesh is working for a Ganja Racket in Andaman.

Civil Society Organisations donates Blood

Port Blair, June 02: A blood donation camp was conducted at GB Pant Hospital by the District Administration in coordination with Civil Society Organisation to address the shortage of blood in the blood Bank of the Hospital on May 31.

This matter was brought to the knowledge of District Administration asdue to the prevailing pandemic situation most of the voluntary blood donors were not coming forward to donate blood.

Taking gravity of the situation, Shri Suneel Anchipaka, Deputy Commissioner (SA) took up the matter on priority and discussed with Civil Society Organisations and accordingly a strategy was envisaged whereby a list of willing donors ready to donate blood to the blood bank was prepared in coordination with Transport department and Civil Society Organisations such as Friends to Support, Yuva Bharath Samaj Seva Trust and Hindu Rashtra Sabha. Following this the DC(SA) made all the arrangements with the line departments for the movement of the donors from their respective homes to the blood bank for donationand prospective donors were brought to GB pant.

The District Administration will continue to hold such camps in the future also to augment the shortage of blood in the blood bank which would be instrumental in saving precious lives. The DC(SA) further requested other Civil Society Organisations to come forward in this regard as and when required, a communication from DC office said.

TCI Group, a trusted partner of A&N Islands

Port Blair, May 30: TCI Group has always shared a strong connection of over decades with the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. In the wake of the second wave of Covid-19, TCI Group, has extended support to the people of Andaman & Nicobar in their efforts towards fighting the pandemic. Transport Corporation of India Ltd. (TCI), through its division TCI Seaways and its CSR arm TCI Foundation has arranged and contributed 150 Oxygen Concentrators of 10Litres capacity for the service of the people .

The Oxygen Concentrators were handed over in the esteemed presence of Mr. Sunil Anchipaka - IAS (Deputy Commissioner and Nodal officer), Mr. HariKallikkat -IAS (Additional District Magistrate), Ms. Yasaswani - IAS (Assistant Commissioner), Mr. Chandramani Rout - Chief Port Administrator, Port Management Board from the A&N Administration and Mr. SurendraPrahladka - President, Mr. Mohd.Jadwet - Past President, Mr. Girish Arora - Past President, Mr. P J Sekhar - Sr. Vice President, Mr. Chandrasekhar - Vice President from the Andaman Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Portblair.

TCI wishes to thank The Chief Secretary, The Deputy Commissioner, Mr. Sunil Anchipaka,IAS and all government officials associated with this social cause. Mr. PK. Kaushik, Vice President, TCI Seaways represented TCI group.