Thursday, May 27, 2021

Administration is not going to restrict passenger flight services: Secretary (IP&T), Shri Sunil Kumar Singh; Citizens feel it might be a big blunder by the A&N Administration

TMI Correspondent

Port Blair, May 26: The Secretary (IP&T), Shri Sunil Kumar Singh in the press conference at IP&T today said that 2 flights with 283 passengers arrived here and samples for RTPCR test was taken from all passengers and asked the passengers to remain in home quarantine. He further informed that it has been decided to check passengers for COVID-19 with Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) instead of Rapid Antigen Test (RAT), as RTPCR is considered more accurate laboratory method for detecting COVID-19 infections. Answering a query by scribes, the Secretary (IP&T) said A&N Administration don't have any such plan to stop passenger flight services as of now.

On the other hand, citizens of these islands demand to keep restrictions on passenger flight services too, apart from the complete lockdown imposed in South Andaman to keep a check on the growing numbers of Covid-19 cases. A&N Administration has imposed a complete lockdown upto May 31, 2021 for the safety of islanders by restricting internal movement of vehicle, boats and unnecessary movement of public. Consequently, many labourers, auto drivers, petty businessmen, street vendors and private works are facing difficulty in managing their ends meet during lockdown period. Some opine that, the Administration would have closed the flight operations by looking at the explosion of Covid-19 cases in mainland India since April as the second wave stronger variant of Covid-19 is taking a tough toll on the people.

Citizens further allege that, "the passenger flight services are continued unaffectedly, and  approximately 2 to 4 flights are flying with about 300 to 400 passengers daily, which is of great  concern for the islanders. As the virus is not germinated in these A&N Islands, but carried from outside, and it is mutating strongly and if once any further stronger variant enters into these islands the situation may change drastically here by no fault of islanders".

"As the RTPCR is considered more accurate laboratory method for detecting COVID-19 infections, but it takes time to get the test report of it, till then the passengers are allowed to go home and asked to remain quarantine may turn to be a big blunder by the A&N Administration. As we are aware that the Administration has kept around 5583 isolation beds readily available in the South Andaman District, then why can't the Administration manage the isolation beds for passengers until the result of the report comes out?", the citizens questions the Administration.

Some sections in the society says, "in view of the pandemic situation we have alerted ourselves and trying as much as possible to refrain from moving outside, and we are not even thinking about air travel. But, who are they and what is the purpose during this pandemic travelling by flights?"

Citizens’ Corner 27/05/2021

* Kudos to the A&N Administration for being prepared to manage not only Lockdown situation but also Yaas Cyclonic in the A&N Islands amid pandemic. Around 40 trees were fell down during Yaas Cyclone and one died.

* This is the golden opportunity for law enforcement agencies in our country, as Lockdown is imposed due to COVID-19 at most of the territories all over India. Any absconding or other criminals cannot be moved from places where they are and Police can trace and detain them easily to resume a healthy society after pandemic in the national interest.

* Some people are carelessly making plans to travel by air. On the other side Coronavirus is smartly mutating itself to reach every possible human being with a strong variant to infect. However, some section of islanders demand to restrict incoming and outgoing passenger flights until the situation come to ease. But, administration is not taking it seriously, but keep checking at the gateway of COVID-19 infection.

* Even after many initiatives taken since initial stage to put control in surge of Covid-19 cases by the administration, finally the situation come to affect the labourers in the islands again as the restrictions in Complete Lockdown is not letting earn their essential bread.

* There are many intruders, by producing West Bengal's Identity cards entered into these islands as labours, and Security Agency has unchecked their return after contract and failed to send them back on time. Consequently, politically influenced people as Ex-MP, some Pradhans and Councillors helped them to arrange required Local Identity Cards to convert as islanders to strengthen their vote banks in Andaman Islands from Diglipur to Little Andaman.

Mobile team is on the move conducting RAT test of symptomatic and ILI/ SARI/suspect cases

Port Blair, May 26: The South Andaman District Administration is relentlessly working for preventing the surge of Covid-19 cases in the district. In this regard administration has initiated mobile Rapid Antigen Testing in the district.

The mobile RAT team is on the move conducting RAT test of symptomatic and ILI/ SARI/suspect cases in the entire South Andaman District, covering all the areas Port Blair and surrounding rural areas.

The mobile teams conducted tests at Gopal Nagar and Chouldhari on 24.05.2021. And on 25.05.2021 they have conducted the tests at Wandoor. Testing of these symptomatic cases is required for effective monitoring and treatment of the patients. Regular follow up of these patients is being carried out by the doctors in the DC control room, who monitor heart rate, SpO2 & other symptoms of the patients twice a day. Administration requests public to give correct information for effective follow up and treatment.

Shri Suneel Anchipaka, Deputy Commissioner (SA),SDM(SA) and AC(UT) inspected the mobile team at Wandoor today and interacted with the doctors, paramedic staff and Ex-PRI members. During the interaction the DC(SA) appreciated the dedication and devotion with which the mobile team is performing the daunting task in this pandemic.

The Administration requests support and cooperation of public to fight COVID-19 pandemic especially in these adverse cyclonic weather.

District Administration in its continuous efforts to provide relief and assistance to the people in containment zones

Port Blair, May 26: The District Administration in its continuous efforts to provide relief and assistance to the people during the pandemic has taken various pro-active steps to ensure that people feel secure and safe. In this connection the District Administration took first hand stock of the situation in containment zones, functioning of Primary Health Centre at Tushnabad and distributed ration kits to daily wage earners at Wimberlygunj and Kanyapuram in collaboration with NGO.

Continuing with the field visit to assess the situation at ground level, Shri Suneel Anchipaka, Deputy Commissioner (SA) and the SDM(SA) visited the recently declared containment zones in Manpur, Wright Myo and Collinpur. During the visit he directed the officials engaged in containment duties to ensure that the supply of essential commodities such as grocery, medicine and other essentials are not hindered. Further it was directed to make sure that the public movement in and out of the containment zone to be minimized.

Further the team visited the Primary Health Centre at Tushnabadand took stock of the facilities and preparedness of the Centre in tackling the pandemic. The DC(SA) and SDM also inspected the functioning of the Mobile Testing Team conducting the Rapid Antigen Test, of ILI/SARI cases. The DC(SA) interacted with the Mobile Testing Team and directed them to identify the cases in the areas to ensure the safety of public.

They later visited Wimberley Gunj and Kanyapuramvillage and distributed ration to the daily wage earners which was organised and donated by SKSSF Foundation, an NGO. Taking cue from this, he appealed to other Civil Society Organisations to come forward and provide relief and assistance to the needy families.

In view of the recent surge of COVID-19 cases in the District, DC(SA) appealed to the general public for their support and requested them to stay home for the safety of their family and society at large and also sought their co-operation in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic.

4258 beneficiaries in the age group of 18-44 years vaccinated till date in Isles

Port Blair, May 26: The vaccination drive is continuing smoothly in A&N Islands and so far, a total of 4258 eligible people in the age group of 18 to 44 years were vaccinated till date.  As per the data received, altogether, 315 persons in the age group of 18 to 44 years were vaccinated in South Andaman today while 282 persons were vaccinated in North & Middle Andaman.

   Similarly, a total of 617 beneficiaries both in the age group of 18-44 years and 45 and above were vaccinated today. In South Andaman, 335 beneficiaries were vaccinated while in North and Middle Andaman, 282 people were inoculated. With this, a total of 1,22,608 doses of vaccines have been administered so far in A&N Islands.

   Meanwhile, the online registration for the vaccination is done through CoWIN portal and Aarogya Setu App. Online registration is mandatory and no on-site registration is being done and people have been advised to reach the centres as per the time schedule provided to the beneficiaries through the App. In South Andaman, the vaccination is being done at JNRM Vaccination Centre between 9.30 am and 12.30 pm. The general public have been requested to follow COVID Appropriate Behavior while going for vaccination. 

Administration reviews the next phase of package IV


On 25.05.2021 at Raj Niwas, Admiral D K Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM (Retd.), Hon'ble Lt. Governor, A&N Islands and Vice-Chairman, Islands Development Agency alongwith Shri Jitendra Narain, Chief Secretary and other senior officers of A & N Administration reviewed the next phase of package IV, comprising 12 Mega tourism / hospitality PPP Projects being implemented through ANIIDCO in this UT with the support of NITI Aayog. Consultants have been appointed and the RFP for the same is being expedited.