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Citizens’ Corner: 08/02/2024


* There is a distinction between a worker and a hard worker. A worker may simply aim to fulfill instructions, while a hard worker endeavors to do what is ethically right. A candidate who didn't put in effort to secure a job is unlikely to exert much effort while on the job. Conversely, a candidate who exerted effort to obtain a job will also strive to perform it correctly. However, the repercussions will later become evident in the overall functioning of an organization.

* The IGNOU Regional Centre gained significant popularity during the tenure of the former Regional Director, the late Dr. S. Ganesan. He actively encouraged college dropouts, elderly individuals, homemakers, government servants, and others to pursue education through regular publication of education-centric articles and write-ups in local newspapers. The associates of the IGNOU Regional Centre in Port Blair will always remember his significant contribution to the achievements attained today.

* The current scenario is such that the majority of fishes in the pond are spoiled, and only a few remain unspoiled. Consequently, individuals with questionable characters are unlikely to face scrutiny, and even if someone with an unquestionable character raises a question, the majority is likely to prevail.

* In the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, everyone attains citizenship simultaneously, particularly newcomers. The PBMC, Electricity, and CS&CA Departments lack records, dating back to even before 2004. The Tsunami obliterated both old and new residences on these Islands, proving to be a fortunate turn of events for those who arrived later. Those old individuals under the general category are the ultimate losers.

Citizens’ Corner: 28/12/2023

* The ITF is designed in an unquestionable manner this time, not only the tourists but also the locals would amaze with the comeback of traditional display way of stalls in the ITF. Visitors of all ages will carry something valuable by this festival.

* An idea that could positively impact the tourism industry is to establish a zoological park on one of these islands. As part of this initiative, interested local youths could be recruited for various posts/ roles involving animals such as lions, tigers, horses, monkeys, donkeys, zebras, etc. These recruits would wear high-quality masks imported with originality to represent/resemble those animals and interact with visitors within the park. This approach would create 100% employment opportunities exclusively for Islanders, eliminating the possibility for mainlanders to apply.

* The current scenario is such that the majority of fishes in the pond are spoiled, and only a few remain unspoiled. Consequently, individuals with questionable characters are unlikely to face scrutiny, and even if someone with an unquestionable character raises a question, the majority is likely to prevail.

* Ahead of the 2024 elections, people in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands expected to see, hear, and feel some "Achche Din," anticipating relief from frequent power cuts, potholed roads, curtailed water supply, and the unheard concerns of officials and political leaders. However, the situation seems to be worsening, and all expectations are in vain.

* The Congress Party in these islands has become very active in the last 2-3 years. Various leaders are doing their best to motivate aspiring candidates for government jobs and sports, organizing programs with elderly people, and visiting the North to South Andaman Islands while working for the welfare of the people. In contrast, local BJP leaders seem to mind their own business calmly.
 
Citizens’ Corner: 04/01/2024

* The road from Junglighat to Dairy Farm Ganesh Temple via Vijay Baugh Road has turned into a bumpy and uneven surface due to the negligence of the road-making authorities. The Port Blair Municipal Council (PBMC) typically addresses road issues by leveling them with mud and other materials, but unfortunately, proper bitumen and metal chips are not used. Consequently, residents along the route are exposed to dust inhalation, and there have been instances of it entering people's eyes, leading to an increased risk of accidents and a shortened lifespan for vehicles.

* An idea that could positively impact the tourism industry is to establish a zoological park on one of these islands. As part of this initiative, interested local youths could be recruited for various posts/ roles involving animals such as lions, tigers, horses, monkeys, donkeys, zebras, etc. These recruits would wear high-quality masks imported with originality to represent/resemble those animals and interact with visitors within the park. This approach would create 100% employment opportunities exclusively for Islanders, eliminating the possibility for mainlanders to apply.

* The current scenario is such that the majority of fishes in the pond are spoiled, and only a few remain unspoiled. Consequently, individuals with questionable characters are unlikely to face scrutiny, and even if someone with an unquestionable character raises a question, the majority is likely to prevail.

* Ahead of the 2024 elections, people in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands expected to see, hear, and feel some "Achche Din," anticipating relief from frequent power cuts, potholed roads, curtailed water supply, and the unheard concerns of officials and political leaders. However, the situation seems to be worsening, and all expectations are in vain.

 Citizens’ Corner: 11/01/2024

* Ahead of the 2024 elections, residents of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands are experiencing a welcome change as power cuts become a thing of the past. Some officials have become more diligent, taking preventative measures to address the anticipated water crisis in the upcoming summer season. Political leaders from both the right and left are raising their voices in opposition to each other. However, there are still some neglected potholed roads awaiting much-needed attention.

* The road from Junglighat to Dairy Farm Ganesh Temple via Vijay Baugh Road has turned into a bumpy and uneven surface due to the negligence of the road-making authorities. The Port Blair Municipal Council (PBMC) typically addresses road issues by leveling them with mud and other materials, but unfortunately, proper bitumen and metal chips are not used. Consequently, residents along the route are exposed to dust inhalation, and there have been instances of it entering people's eyes, leading to an increased risk of accidents and a shortened lifespan for vehicles.

* The current scenario is such that the majority of fishes in the pond are spoiled, and only a few remain unspoiled. Consequently, individuals with questionable characters are unlikely to face scrutiny, and even if someone with an unquestionable character raises a question, the majority is likely to prevail.

* In the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, everyone attains citizenship simultaneously, particularly newcomers. The PBMC, Electricity, and CS&CA Departments lack records, dating back to even before 2004. The Tsunami obliterated both old and new residences on these Islands, proving to be a fortunate turn of events for those who arrived later. Those old individuals under the general category are the ultimate losers.

Citizens’ Corner: 21/12/2023

* Life of a youth made valueless by the authorities in these A&N Islands. To save the life, officials could not pass on the urgent information properly. The Helicopter and speed motor boat fuels are made costlier than a human life. The only dismay is being born, brought-up and trusting the govt. authorities of these Islands.

* An idea that could positively impact the tourism industry is to establish a zoological park on one of these islands. As part of this initiative, interested local youths could be recruited for various posts/ roles involving animals such as lions, tigers, horses, monkeys, donkeys, zebras, etc. These recruits would wear high-quality masks imported with originality to represent/resemble those animals and interact with visitors within the park. This approach would create 100% employment opportunities exclusively for Islanders, eliminating the possibility for mainlanders to apply.

* The current scenario is such that the majority of fishes in the pond are spoiled, and only a few remain unspoiled. Consequently, individuals with questionable characters are unlikely to face scrutiny, and even if someone with an unquestionable character raises a question, the majority is likely to prevail.

* Ahead of the 2024 elections, people in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands expected to see, hear, and feel some "Achche Din," anticipating relief from frequent power cuts, potholed roads, curtailed water supply, and the unheard concerns of officials and political leaders. However, the situation seems to be worsening, and all expectations are in vain.

* The Congress Party in these islands has become very active in the last 2-3 years. Various leaders are doing their best to motivate aspiring candidates for government jobs and sports, organizing programs with elderly people, and visiting the North to South Andaman Islands while working for the welfare of the people. In contrast, local BJP leaders seem to mind their own business calmly.


Citizens’ Corner: 30/11/2023

* Travelling to and from the Southern group of Islands is challenging, especially when officers are on official visits, making it nearly impossible for helicopter passengers. Ships are scheduled only once every ten days, and even then, the conditions on the ships can be unbearable, resulting in a journey lasting up to 12 hours. Unfortunately, government employees stationed in these challenging areas continue to endure hardships even after completing their tenures of transfer.

* The Department of Shipping Services needs to prearrange the deployment of a vessel, anticipating the exodus of thousands of pilgrims from these Islands who are set to gather for the Makarajyothi darshan at Sabarimala, Kerala. The proactive scheduling is crucial to ensure the timely and efficient transportation of the pilgrims to Sabarimala for the auspicious Makarajyothi darshan, a significant event in the pilgrimage to Lord Ayyappa's shrine.

* Ahead of Elections-2024, in these A&N Islands' people may see, hear and feel "Achche Din", and get respite from frequent power cuts, pothole roads, curtailment in water supply, unheard officials and political leaders. Wishing you all islanders happy Elections ahead.

* The Congress Party in these islands has become very active in the last 2-3 years. Various leaders are doing their best to motivate aspiring candidates for government jobs and sports, organizing programs with elderly people, and visiting the North to South Andaman Islands while working for the welfare of the people. In contrast, local BJP leaders seem to mind their own business calmly.

* The current scenario is such that the majority of fishes in the pond are spoiled, and only a few remain unspoiled. Consequently, individuals with questionable characters are unlikely to face scrutiny, and even if someone with an unquestionable character raises a question, the majority is likely to prevail.

Citizens’ Corner: 23/11/2023
* Even in this era of advanced technology, large quantities of Ganja are crossing baggage checking procedures at Kolkata Airport. Upon arrival, local police identify and file cases, yet they fail to apprehend the kingpins.

* Youth must be righteous for them to correct others and set an example for the next generation. The youth are assets of our country, and if they engage in drugs and anti-social activities, the future will be bleak.

* What would happen if every individual Government Officer in the Andaman and Nicobar Administration carried out their duties judiciously? While this might seem unrealistic to expect, educational institutes would operate without irregularities; consumers could enjoy uninterrupted power supply; corruption would not prevail in government/public works; and the quality of production would improve. Only then could people in general aspire to think at a higher level and innovate something new.

* It is heard, in the Smart City the cameras will be installed at every signal junctions and without helmet nobody could go as some so-called smart machines would identify and generate a fine automatically and defaulter will received an SMS instantly. I terrified, but thanks to the heads of the Port Blair Smart City project, not even the traffic signal lights have started functioning till now.

* Ahead of Elections-2024, in these A&N Islands' people may see, hear and feel "Achche Din", and get respite from frequent power cuts, pothole roads, curtailment in water supply, unheard officials and political leaders. Wishing you all islanders happy Elections ahead.

* Nowadays, people are seeking easy money sources, and in their attempts, they become trapped in some links and apps intentionally designed by tech minds who are also looking for easy money. So, this is the time to educate ourselves to use smart gadgets mindfully.

Citizens’ Corner: 26/10/2023

* It is heard, in the Smart City the cameras will be installed at every signal junctions and without helmet nobody could go as some so-called smart machines would identify and generate a fine automatically and defaulter will received an SMS instantly. I terrified, but thanks to the heads of the Port Blair Smart City project, not even the traffic signal lights have started functioning till now.

* Ahead of Elections-2024, in these A&N Islands' people may see, hear and feel "Achche Din", and get respite from frequent power cuts, pothole roads, curtailment in water supply, unheard officials and political leaders. Wishing you all islanders happy Elections ahead.

* Nowadays, people are seeking easy money sources, and in their attempts, they become trapped in some links and apps intentionally designed by tech minds who are also looking for easy money. So, this is the time to educate ourselves to use smart gadgets mindfully.

* The Congress Party in these islands has become very active in the last 2-3 years. Various leaders are doing their best to motivate aspiring candidates for government jobs and sports, organizing programs with elderly people, and visiting the North to South Andaman Islands while working for the welfare of the people. In contrast, local BJP leaders seem to mind their own business calmly.

* Scientists are day by day advancing the technology, but they failed to prepare a proper machine for lie detection. Whenever a situation is confronted to decide who is true and who is wrong in many cases the machine may help the judicial system to decide what truth is. Similarly, it is also observed that many cases are kept pending in various Hon'ble Courts of Law in India, if we could train and use the Artificial Intelligence technology in the judicial system that would be a vast possibility to solve all the pending cases and we could give justice to the so-called fast-track courts.


Citizens’ Corner: 19/10/2023

* Ahead of Elections-2024, in these A&N Islands’ people may see, hear and feel “Achche Din”, and get respite from frequent power cuts, pothole roads, curtailment in water supply, unheard officials and political leaders. Wishing you all islanders happy Elections ahead.

* Nowadays, people are seeking easy money sources, and in their attempts, they become trapped in some links and apps intentionally designed by tech minds who are also looking for easy money. So, this is the time to educate ourselves to use smart gadgets mindfully.

* The Congress Party in these islands has become very active in the last 2-3 years. Various leaders are doing their best to motivate aspiring candidates for government jobs and sports, organizing programs with elderly people, and visiting the North to South Andaman Islands while working for the welfare of the people. In contrast, local BJP leaders seem to mind their own business calmly.

* Scientists are day by day advancing the technology, but they failed to prepare a proper machine for lie detection. Whenever a situation is confronted to decide who is true and who is wrong in many cases the machine may help the judicial system to decide what truth is. Similarly, it is also observed that many cases are kept pending in various Hon'ble Courts of Law in India, if we could train and use the Artificial Intelligence technology in the judicial system that would be a vast possibility to solve all the pending cases and we could give justice to the so-called fast-track courts.

* What would happen if every individual Government Officer in the Andaman and Nicobar Administration carried out their duties judiciously? While this might seem unrealistic to expect, educational institutes would operate without irregularities; consumers could enjoy uninterrupted power supply; corruption would not prevail in government/public works; and the quality of production would improve. Only then could people in general aspire to think at a higher level and innovate something new.


Citizens’ Corner: 28/09/2023
* An idea that could further enhance the tourism sector in these islands is to introduce a horseback riding experience in Andaman City without actual horses. We can achieve this by launching electric bikes equipped with smooth shock absorbers and a horn that produces the sound of a horse's neigh. Tourists can pay for a 10-minute ride, and after the bike ride, they will find it similar to a horseback ride, and say thanks to the city's potholes.

* Thanks to the Rain God for bestowing His blessings after the puja by PBMC councilors at Dhanikhari Dam and the homam by the MP at Congress Bhavan. Perhaps as a result of these prayers, the A&N Islands have received continuous rainfall totaling 2413.2 mm so far. However, we have a responsibility to conserve it to prevent a water crisis until the next monsoon. Are we fulfilling this responsibility?

* To pay the electricity bills, we visit https://urjapay.andaman.gov.in/, then enter our consumer number, and click on SEARCH. However, instead of displaying the bill amount, it shows the message: "This functionality is temporarily unavailable. Please try after sometime." Despite numerous attempts, both in the morning and evening, as well as day and night, the message consistently says to "try after sometime." I am afraid that the next bill may tear my pocket!

* The electric buses in the city, which are supposed to be extravagant, are in a shabby condition. Even "A" series private buses are better maintained than these silent buses. What's even more astonishing is that these buses are charged using diesel generation power supply. The questions that arise are: How much power do they require? How often are they charged? And how much carbon emissions are actually reduced by these buses? The accountability for these matters remains uncertain and public paying for it.

Citizens’ Corner: 21/09/2023
* Shree Ganesh Puja pandals in the city depicts the ideologies of devoted puja committees and uniqueness in vision. A pandal at Junglighat shaped as Titanic Ship, a pandal at Haddo shaped as snake pit, above 25 feet Sri Ganesh idol  at Mohanpura and every pandals has a unique background theme in it, which attract devotees to visit every pandal in city.

* Despite of so many claims at the end of administration, the power cuts remain an unsolvable issue in South Andaman, especially during the festival times electricity supply become a terrible affair for citizens day and night untimely in South Andaman. May be due to administrative reasons!

* Administration should ensure payment of contractual employees on time. It has been observed that some contractual employees in various departments in and around A&N Islands didn't get their salaries since past six months, four months and three months. One could imagine how the survival with family is tough amid inflation.

* An unfortunate incident was reported from Sitapur village wherein the family has lost their son namely Akash Mondal, 17 years S/o Swapan Mondal under Rangat Tehsil and also lost their house due to falling of tree due to heavy rains on the midnight of 13.09.2023. Taking note of the unfortunate incident, the revenue team with line departments immediately cleared the incident area and shifted them to a safe place. Accordingly, the District Administration’s relief team submitted the assessment report on 15.09.2023 for compensation and the District Administration has immediately sanctioned the compensation amount of Rs. 2,75,000/- as per the A&N Gazette Notification No.143/2015/F.No.8-1/2015-R&R dated 12th August 2015 issued by the Lt. Governor, A&N Islands and compensation was handed over to the family by the Tehsildar, Pradhan & Up- Pradhan on 18.09.2023.

Citizens’ Corner: 14/09/2023
* Citizens are eagerly awaiting a live debate challenge between a YouTuber and a social worker. Since people spend more time on social media, they are curious and excited to watch, but so far, only individual claims have been seen.

* Nowadays, people are seeking easy money sources, and in their attempts, they become trapped in some links and apps intentionally designed by tech minds who are also looking for easy money. So, this is the time to educate ourselves to use smart gadgets mindfully.

* The Congress Party in these islands has become very active in the last 2-3 years. Various leaders are doing their best to motivate aspiring candidates for government jobs and sports, organizing programs with elderly people, and visiting the North and South Andaman islands while working for the welfare of the people. In contrast, BJP leaders seem to mind their own business calmly.

* There is a viral piece of audio in which the slogan "Modi Murdabad" is heard by the people. An investigation is underway to determine the authenticity of the recording, the situation, where it occurred, why, what happened, and how. ABVP, a student union, condemns the slogan and demands strict action against the person who uttered it. Meanwhile, BJP leaders in Andaman seem to mind their own business calmly.

* Scientists are day by day advancing the technology, but they failed to prepare a proper machine for lie detection. Whenever a situation is confronted to decide who is true and who is wrong in many cases the machine may help the judicial system to decide what truth is. Similarly, it is also observed that many cases are kept pending in various Hon'ble Courts of Law in India, if we could train and use the Artificial Intelligence technology in the judicial system that would be a vast possibility to solve all the pending cases and we could give justice to the so-called fast-track courts.
Citizens’ Corner: 17/08/2023
* What would happen if every individual Government Officer in the Andaman and Nicobar Administration carried out their duties judiciously? While this might seem unrealistic to expect, educational institutes would operate without irregularities; consumers could enjoy uninterrupted power supply; corruption would not prevail in government/public works; and the quality of production would improve. Only then could people in general aspire to think at a higher level and innovate something new. However, there remains a challenge...
* Government servants, particularly bureaucrats, are often privileged with numerous benefits. These include 24x7 power supply, departmental electric cars for themselves and their family members, highly timely salaries, 5 to 10 free laborers for their household tasks, and the opportunity to avail free tour packages for their family members anywhere in Andaman, among other enjoyments.
* The Electricity Department in South Andaman has been failing to provide adequate electricity to its consumers, yet it continues to levy exorbitant bills over the past few years. It remains unclear where the engineers are working or where the diesel fuel resources are being directed. Despite the support of Solar Energy, the destination of the power remains a mystery. As a result, consumers endure constant and lengthy power cuts throughout the day and night.
* West Bengal has become a haven for Bangladeshis, while the Andaman and Nicobar Islands provide refuge for Bangladeshis. According to the 2011 census, the population of the A&N Islands was 380,581. The 2021 Census of India, which is the 16th edition, has been postponed until October 2023. However, as of 2022, Wikipedia lists the population as 434,192. The precise figure, however, is yet to be officially determined by the relevant authorities.

Citizens’ Corner: 27/07/2023
* We islanders are not receiving proper governance in these islands. It feels like dealing with an incompetent hotel bearer who serves Roti with Chutney and cold coffee, instead of providing the customer's ordered Idly with Sambar and a black tea. It's as if they are charging us for Veg-Biryani with an Egg! And to add to the frustration, the islanders are actually paying for it too.

* How can a business succeed if raincoats are sold in Rajasthan, ice creams are sold in the Himalayas, cars are sold in Sikkim, and solar panels are sold in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands? The existing disparities between the projects and the actual needs of the people demand immediate attention to ensure a successful business.

* Do mood swings in some youths attract drug consumption? 'I am happy, let's double it. I am sad, let's reduce it. I am normal, let's make it crazy.' Bhai, join meditation under a deserving Guru, be a gentleman, and enjoy life without addiction - Grigist.

* Geological changes happening on Earth are a natural phenomenon, but the problem arises when humans start making alterations to the planet. As a result, the cycle of changes multiplies, and the disasters that were originally expected to occur after 50 years may happen today or even tomorrow.

* There are numerous single days dedicated to environmental awareness, such as World Water Day, Earth Day, Greenery Day, World Biodiversity Day, World Environment Day, Global Wind Day, World Population Day, and more. However, it is essential to question why we cannot maintain consciousness about these issues every day. The lack of awareness and consciousness on the remaining days paves the way for global warming.

Citizens’ Corner: 20/07/2023

* In PM Modiji's video during the New Terminal Building opening of VSI Airport Port Blair it said the expenditure for construction is about 800 crores and as per PIB press release it mentioned around 710 crores. How could an accountable and transparent government so roughly manipulate the public exchequers money? 

* It is assumed that my son will go through the new terminal building of VSI Airport, for that he postponed his ticket too. But, alas it has come to be known that it will be operational sometime after 3 months, despite being inaugurated on 18th July 2023 by PM Modiji. Ok, let's wait for its complete completion. 

* No matter PBMC may have received many complaints letters by citizens on buildings constructed upon encroached lands, never seen any action of PBMC against the mesmerized structures and roadside footpath occupation upon govt. land. But, seen PBMC is patting its back by removing ugly encroachments in the city. Is beauty is everything?“ 

* In this social media era, devices have already stopped the usage of grey matter in human minds. Let everything handover to smart digital gadgets and be relaxed, as the AI technologies combination with Robots will soon do work for us. We just need to eat and attend nature's calls and watch on screens how the work is going on.“ 

* Scientists are day by day advancing the technology, but they failed to prepare a proper machine for lie detection. Whenever a situation is confronted to decide who is true and who is wrong in many cases the machine may help the judicial system to identify what truth or false is.

Citizens’ Corner: 13/07/2023


* Scientists are day by day advancing the technology, but they failed to prepare a proper machine for lie detection. Whenever a situation is confronted to decide who is true and who is wrong in many cases the machine may help the judicial system to decide what truth is. Similarly, it is also observed that many cases are kept pending in various Hon'ble Courts of Law in India, if we could train and use the Artificial Intelligence technology in the judicial system that would be a vast possibility to solve all the pending cases and we could give justice to the so-called fast-track courts.

* In this social media era, devices have already stopped the usage of grey matter in human minds. Being a part of A&N Administration under GoI and despite having GoI Registered news agencies here, the A&N Police like never before and nobody in these Islands used to organize “Press Conferences” with Social Media only to alter people from readers to watchers. God, Save the System!

* The Municipal Wards in the Smart City lack proper pathways. Due to the expansion of residential houses from either side, foot paths become narrow ways. At many locations even two persons can't move at one go through the narrow paths, the actual width of the municipal footpath has to be 3 mtrs. but on ground the decreased size is up to 1.5 mtrs. and below can be seen in many PBMC wards. If any untoward fire or other accidents occur, nobody would be able to save the lives or property and ultimately, the District Administration would be bound to release ex-gratia relief funds.

Citizens’ Corner: 29/06/2023

* The Municipal Wards in the Smart City lack proper pathways. Due to the expansion of residential houses from either side, foot paths become narrow ways. At many locations even two persons can't move at one go through the narrow paths, the actual width of the municipal footpath has to be 3 mtrs. but on ground the decreased size is up to 1.5 mtrs. and below can be seen in many PBMC wards. If any untoward fire or other accidents occur, nobody would be able to save the lives or property and ultimately, the District Administration would be bounded to release ex-gratia relief funds.

* In due course, consumers remain prey to power cuts. Despite this, they pay bills timely or along with fines, even if increased electricity charges. Tiny children, school children, college students, computer based working people all of a sudden are forced to become upset. In addition, the humidity irritating all time.

* Scientists are day by day advancing the technology, but they failed to prepare a proper machine for lie detection. Whenever a situation confronts to decide who is true and who is wrong at many cases the machine may help the judicial system to decide what truth is. Similarly, it is also observed that many cases are kept pending in various Hon'ble Courts in India, if we could train and use the Artificial Intelligence technology in judicial system that would be a vast possibility to solve all the pending cases.

* The A&N Police after failing of to track the supply chain of drugs in Andaman Islands started campaigning on roads to make the people drugs free. So, the more demand decrease, the more supply would reduce, which is applicable on all items.

Citizens’ Corner: 22/06/2023

* Why Govt. Jobs craze on rise? It has financial safety, tension free life, assured salaries and other benefits. It also has limited responsibilities to work on and limited time of duty. Accordingly, one can plan the future for their dependents.

* What is meant for “Freedom” in the modern layman's view? “We can go anywhere and consume liquor and other drugs, we can sleep roadside anywhere, and we can spit anywhere”! What is meant for “Freedom” in the greedy people’s view? “We can encroach lands and expand the possession, sell products at high rates, and can do corruption”! What is meant for “Freedom” in the moneyed and powered people’s view? “We can do anything we want, we can bend the rules and regulations, and we can escape if apprehended”!

* The Municipal Wards in the Smart City lack proper pathways. Due to the expansion of residential houses from either side, foot paths become narrow ways. At many locations even two persons can’t move at one go through the narrow paths, the actual width of the municipal footpath has to be 3 mtrs. but on ground the decreased side is up to 1.5 mtrs. and below can be seen in many PBMC wards. If any untoward fire or other accidents occur, nobody would be able to save the lives or property and ultimately, the District Administration would be bound to release ex-gratia relief funds.

* In due course, consumers remain prey to power cuts. Despite this, they pay bills timely or along with fines, even if electricity charges. Tiny children, school children, college students, computer based working people all of a sudden are forced to become upset. In addition, the humidity irritating all time.

Citizens’ Corner: 08/06/2023

* Finally, the prayers of PBMC Councilors and Member of Parliament have been fulfilled by God as the recent rain helped the citizen to overcome from water crisis in A&N Islands. Common people requests above mentioned personalities to start their auspicious Prayers and Homam early one month, so that the water crisis could be minimized and all people could get sufficient water on time. The general public and consumers also request the PBMC and MP to accept donations from public to organizing pujas to satisfy Rain God, and wave-off the PBMC water charges.

* Thanks to the Scientists for everything! You have made the human laziest being in the planet, most dependent being on medicines for life, and thanks for now working towards make them brainless and strength-less through gadgets. At the end, the only duty will be kept for human is to just eat and go to toilet.

* The Environment Day has come and gone, tree plantation drive is conducted and days or few months old tree saplings planted as a damage control to the environment with photography set up against maintaining balance with already deforested more than 40 to 60 years old trees. Now the million dolor question is! Would the planted tree sapling release equal oxygen to 40 to 60 yrs old tree? Is there any guarantee that the trees saplings will grow up to the size of a young tree, at least?

* Another, hurdle for the Islanders’ development is power suspension! Due to a wrong and under estimation, the variation between supply and demand of electricity has been missed out. That is how the supply portion of electricity is being disturbed to fulfill the demand by distributing electricity among all legal and illegal consumers in S/Andaman.

Citizens’ Corner: 01/06/2023

* Congratulations, our development and vikas have done it! Not only have we, the other countries in the world already done it decades ago. All have spent crores of rupees, dollars and others currencies to faster the process of Global Warming. Since a decade in the mainland India summer seasons are felt excessive heat waves up to 46 degree C, while Andaman is unaffected till the last year's, but this season hits the 37 degree C, in addition length of the summer season is also increased.

* Let us become one among developed nations by installing ACs, Inverters in every home in our country and purchase water from other countries or drill the bore-wells and sell to others. Cut the forests and mountains and raise uncountable tall buildings. If, that is still insufficient, let us live in the undersea flats! Don't worry scientists will find way to live anywhere in the planet or beyond too?

* Until and unless the intentions of humans change nothing would be changed in A&N Islands. What exactly goes on with a single goal is, Govt. employees working for salaries, private employees working for their family survival, businessmen for profits and nothing more than that. Those who are best in their fields, we could see them as statues, busts and we are observing and celebrating the days accordingly. Nobody could follow them on the earth so far.

* Thanks to the Scientists for everything! You have made the human laziest being in the planet, most dependent being on medicines for life, and thanks for now working towards make them brainless and strength-less. At the end, the only duty will be kept for human is to just eat and go to toilet.

Citizens’ Corner: 25/05/2023

* Is it a failure of Science, Technology and Engineer? We don't know exactly when the monsoon would come! We don't know about our planet Earth and searching another planet to destroy! Our engineers in Andaman unable to desilt the Dhanikhari Dam in this dry season to reserve water for the next year, but drilling bore-wells as last option for portable water in these Islands! People don't know where this modernization taking them to?

* High prices loots public everywhere in Andaman the game of demand and supply started and could be seen flight fares, water, electricity, private labours, and the non MRP items.

* GB Pant Doctors here suggests to patients, if you go to the mainland the doctors there will operate like we do here also you require to bear travelling and accommodation charges. It would be better if you provide equipment and required operation materials so we could do that operation here itself. Now it is up to you to decide. If we have capable doctors to operate patients here itself, then why doesn't the Directorate of Health Services procure the required equipment and operation materials for the use in GB Pant Hospital. Is any unofficial Ayushman Bharat scheme running here in A&N Islands?

* Until and unless the intentions of humans change nothing would be changed in A&N Islands. What exactly goes on with a single goal is, Govt. employees working for salaries, private employees working for their family survival, businessmen for profits and nothing more than that. Those who are best in their fields, we could see them as status, busts and we are observing and celebrating the days accordingly. Nobody could beat them on the earth so far.

Citizens’ Corner: 18/05/2023

* High prices loots public everywhere in Andaman the game of demand and supply started and could be seen flight fares, water, electricity, private labours, and the non MRP items.

* APWD has invited suggestions from the general public on ways and measures to augment water supply in Port Blair. The suggestions may include rejuvenation of non-functional ponds, abandoned Japanese wells, identification of water streams & new bore wells and any other water sources which may be utilized for public use. The suggestions may be sent on waterportblair@gmail.com  within the next 15 days.

* GB Pant Doctors here suggests to patients, if you go to the mainland the doctors there will operate like we do here also you require to bear travelling and accommodation charges. It would be better if you provide equipment and required operation materials so we could do that operation here itself. Now it is up to you to decide. If we have capable doctors to operate patients here itself, then why doesn't the Directorate of Health Services procure the required equipment and operation materials for the use in GB Pant Hospital. Is any unofficial Ayushman Bharat scheme running here in A&N Islands?

* Until and unless the intentions of humans change nothing would be changed in A&N Islands. What exactly goes on with a single goal is, Govt. employees working for salaries, private employees working for their family survival, businessmen for profits and nothing more than that. Those who are best in their fields, we could see them as status, busts and we are observing and celebrating the days accordingly. Nobody could beat them on the earth so far.

Citizens’ Corner: 11/05/2023

* APWD has invited suggestions from the general public on ways and measures to augment water supply in Port Blair. The suggestions may include rejuvenation of non-functional ponds, abandoned Japanese wells, identification of water streams & new bore wells and any other water sources which may be utilized for public use. The suggestions may be sent on waterportblair@gmail.com  within the next 15 days.

* GB Pant Doctors here suggests to patients, if you go to the mainland the doctors there will operate like we do here also you require to bear travelling and accommodation charges. It would be better if you provide equipment and required operation materials so we could do that operation here itself. Now it is up to you to decide. If we have capable doctors to operate patients here itself, then why doesn't the Directorate of Health Services procure the required equipment and operation materials for the use in GB Pant Hospital. Is any unofficial Ayushman Bharat scheme running here in A&N Islands?

* Until and unless the intentions of humans change nothing would be changed in A&N Islands. What exactly goes on with a single goal is, Govt. employees working for salaries, private employees working for their family survival, businessmen for profits and nothing more than that. Those who are best in their fields, we could see them as status, busts and we are observing and celebrating the days accordingly. Nobody could beat them on the earth so far.

* People now get respite in this cyclonic rain squall, as they used to conserve rain water pouring from their sheets or roof tops due to Mocha, and may forget the struggle in summer heat.

Citizens’ Corner: 04/05/2023

* The MP of A&Nicobar Islands, Shri Kuldeep Rai Sharma has requested the Hon'ble Lt. Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Islands to install a massive desalination plant in the South Andaman region to alleviate the water crisis. He also requested the Chief Secretary of Andaman and Nicobar Administration to supply water in every villages under the Panchayats of Tushnabad, Mithakhadi, Ferrargunj, Namunaghar and Brindaban by deploying a sufficient number of water tankers.

* As per the Meteorological Department's weather report, thunderstorm with lightning is likely to occur at one or two places over A&N Islands on May 4, 6 & 7. For further enquiries / information,one may contact helpline of State Emergency Operation Centre at Helpline No.1070 & District Emergency Operation Centre at Helpline No. 1077.For any emergency/assistance at sea, call Coast Guard SAR Agency at Toll Free number 1554.

* The foodgrains shall be distributed in advance for 2 months for May, 2023 & June,2023 in one go in the entire UT in the month of May, 2023. All the Ration Card holders have been informed that they can purchase the foodgrains as per their entitlement for 2 months in May, 2023.

* APWD has invited suggestions from general public on ways and measures to augment water supply in Port Blair. The suggestions may include rejuvenation of non-functional ponds, abandoned Japanese wells, identification of water streams & new bore wells and any other water sources which may be utilized for public use. The suggestions may be sent on waterportblair@gmail.com within next 15 days.

Citizens’ Corner: 27/04/2023

* PBMC has made it mandatory to fix float valves in all domestic/ commercial connections as per 'Port Blair Municipal Council Water Bye Laws' 2017 under clause 41.  Accordingly, the general public has been advised to install float valves on their connections. PBMC inspection teams will carry out house to house/ commercial/ institution inspections to check compliance. In case of non-compliance, disconnection of water supply will be done.

* Due to dislocation of pumping line of APWD at Dairy Farm Junction, PBMC is compelled to reschedule the water supply timing in PBMC areas i.e. Ward No. 1, 2, 3, 6 (part), 7, 8. This situation will continue till the line is repaired by APWD. For any emergency, drinking water supply needs general public have been requested to contact PBMC Control Room 03192-231179/ 245798 for water tanker. Water tanker will be supplied on payment basis as per bookings made.

* All the consumers of Electricity Department have therefore been advised to use the available energy judiciously in view of shortage of power particularly during the evening peak hours. Further, it is also requested that usage of major power guzzlers like ACs, Motors, OTGs, Geysers, Garden lighting may kindly be avoided during evening peak hours from 5.30 pm to 11.30 pm. This would help the Department to maintain power supply in Port Blair and adjoining areas of South Andaman without curtailment.

* Corruption become a spate in A&N Islands, even introducing technologies and tightens rules by GoI. People are making ways in the practice.


Citizens’ Corner : 13/04/2023

* Stealing a 12KL to 40KL from pond, a gallon from drum, a glass from pot become ignorable act for the authority and letting do it is called corruption, when the pond, drum or pot belongs to public provided by the Govt. of India. What if, some drops given to authority in a hidden way for keep quiet?

* During the Trade Bundh, even the small vendors also supported and get their business closed on 12 April, 2023. Had if they do for in support of any social justice and general public benefit cause, the Islands would definitely reach to the next level of development under tag line "Sabka Saat - Sabka Vikas".

* Govt. Officials should learn from Chanakya's (Indian Teacher) personal law that, 'Ministry's Money shall not be used for personal works and personal money shall not be used for Ministry's works'. But, practice of leaving no stone of Govt. is going on in the system is prevailing and required to be rectified.

* GoI is doing its best in making system transparent, accountable and democratic. But, the greedy personals making ways to bend the parameters up to the extent of they want in the presence of corrupt personals.

* Tourism and Fishing Sector in Islands have a lot of scope and GoI is also focussing on it only to upgrade and generate economy through it. On the other hand, the Islanders being in an isolated state by their origin lacked modern skills, techniques and professionalism in these islands. It would be better if proper training shall be given to make them ready to contribute or become part of the development.


Citizens’ Corner : 06/04/2023

* This is high time for the Islander youths to think apart from government jobs. Skills, techniques and professionalism become necessary to survive in these A&N Islands. Otherwise, they have to become slaves under big shots in the economic race.

* Tourism and Fishing Sector in Islands have a lot of scope and GoI is also focusing on it only to upgrade and generate economy through it. On the other hand, the Islanders being in an isolated state by their origin lacked modern skills, techniques and professionalism in these islands. It would be better if proper training shall be given to make them ready to contribute or become part of the development. 

* Everything is Ok, but water curtailment due to shortage of water has become a matter of concern for citizens in South Andaman. Seeing all human and engineering efforts in the name of crores worth water projects, people ultimately kept only hope on the Rain God who sends monsoon every year free of cost for the welfare of all beings on earth.

* Communication gap between two leads breakup in relationship, likewise communication gap between administration and people will lapse the system of “Of the people, by the people and for the people”. Of course, Islanders would not be able to taste democracy until and unless the establishment of the Pradesh Council in Andaman.

* Some unconvinced terms mostly used by the Administration is “xyz can accept or reject any tender without assigning any reason”, “due to administrative reasons”, and more such. So the islanders have gradually lost the ability of reasoning and the answers are extinct.

Citizens’ Corner : 30/03/2023

* The Govt. has everything like authority, administration, wealth, machineries, materials and technology. But, there is an acute dearth of honest and trustworthy personalities in the system to reach the required stature. Thus far, no process is available to check or test individuals to choose / select honest candidates to assign a work of any degree.

* We can observe that the new generation today are becoming unaware and lacking proper understanding of Epics of Ancient India and attracted to some unauthentic materials available in Social Media Platforms. Consequently, the youths / citizens of the country go astray and lose their strength in life. This is the high responsibility of masters of the epics; they should come forward to educate youths / citizens to clear their pathways in life for a healthy society.

* At some spots narrow roads become hurdle for Fire Brigade Service to perform their duty; At some cases ignorance and lack of attention becomes cause of death of patients at Health Services; At some cases greed and crave after money leads misplacement of village map, encroaching of lands and ignoring illegal structures become duty of official in Revenue Department.

* Festival and ritual celebrations irrespective of any religion becomes safe only after deputing cops from the Police Department which ensures safety during the entire process of observance. Thanks to the Police Cops for being on duty as a protective arm of the celebrations.

* People should learn something from Idles, which are standing roadside at many places as a mark of difference between THEM and US.

Citizens’ Corner: 16/03/2023

* After spending thousands of crore rupees on unproductive officials/ engineers and improper machines for better electricity supply. Now the Administration announces strict measures to deal with power crisis in South Andaman areas, it will also create awareness among workers and co-workers in firms and offices on energy saving tips and firmly ensure compliance of all possible power saving methods.

* After completion of Rutland water project worth crores and ensuring no more water crisis in South Andaman. There is an acute shortage of water supply from PWD to PBMC and decided to curtail water supply to once in three days. PBMC is closely monitoring all tap connections and storage facilities and in case of wastage of water, strict action will be taken such as disconnection of water tap connection. Teams have been constituted by PBMC to constantly monitor and keep a vigil on water wastage.

* Tragedy continued in front of Brichgunj School as an eight-year-old girl lost her life. The accident took place near Middle school at Brichgunj around 8:15 AM on March 13, when a private truck collided with a motorcycle carrying a father and his three minor children who were on their way to school. Residents of Brichgunj have been demanding the suspension of all six and ten-wheeler trucks on the road, citing recent major accidents involving heavy trucks loaded with quarry materials. Despite their repeated requests to the Andaman administration and the police department, no action has been taken to address the issue, the residents allege.

* The Lt Governor, A&N Islands, Admiral (Retd.) DK Joshi, and Vice-Chairman, Islands Development Agency along with Chief Secretary, A&N Administration Shri Keshav Chandra, Chief of Staff, A&N Command, other Senior Officers of A&N Administration, Police, & Forest reviewed the presentation made by Department of Sports & Youth Affairs, Directorate of Education on preparedness for conduct of 1.6 Km NSCB Open Sea Swimming Competition to be held on 18th March 2023 from Netaji Subash Chandra Bose Dweep to Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex, Aberdeen Jetty, Port Blair as part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav.

Citizens' Corner : 09/03/2023

* The drivers of the STS e-Buses become experts these days. The other less size vehicles' drivers in city are now seen afraid of driving in the busy traffic and congested road, but the jumbo STS e-buses with less sounded horn are passing like silent air without noise speedily. Gaining expertise in driving is good but misfortune comes calmly and difficult to avert it. Be Alert! 

* Administration is raising hopes among encroachers by providing electricity and water connections pretending as an essential need of human beings. But, when it comes to eviction, the same hope reverts back upon Administration in the shape of Court Cases file by encroachers. On the other hand, the encroachers also approach their so-called saviors 'Politicians' and will make ways to continue occupation at any cost. That is how easy to grab a piece of land in Andaman only.

* LPG cylinder is always seen in demand, people by maintaining long queues through proper channel are getting LPG cylinders @1179/- that too, after waiting more than one or two months at some areas. But, in Black one can get the LPG cylinders on same day without queues and apart from demand @1600/-. So, people become more dependent on Black than the Authority.

* West Bengal becomes shelter for Bangladeshies, and A&N Islands become shelter for every Indian and Bangladeshies. As per 2011 census population in A&N Islands was 3,80,581 and the 2021 Census of India, also the 16th Indian Census, has been postponed till October 2023. However, it is mentioned 4,34,192 population as on 2022 according to Wikipedia, but actual figure yet to be decided by authority.

Citizens’ Corner : 02/03/2023

* Revenue Department is receiving Land Revenue from tenants, but they didn’t have a map for the village. Tenants in the Bimblitan village are in possession of one another and fighting for territory. Patwari, Revenue Inspector and Chaudhury say the map was lost. Demarcation is impossible and Resurvey is needed to find out actually whose plot is beside whom. Till then, the dispute continues...

* Narrow paths in cities are the curse for Smart City projects in India. In our islands, there are many existing colonies/ basthies in Port Blair city having narrow paths, just because of the expansion of either side houses by some so-called old encroachment structures. But, when it comes to the path for about 50 individual houses, it has to be vacated and allotted for the path. But, the local administration here is dreaming for Smart City and ignoring the Smart deeds.

* It is good that tender wise road renovation works are carried out in the city on the basis of shining the shine, but it would be better if work according to necessity. As a part of the road from Dairy Farm Junction to Dairy Farm Ganesh Temple is in a very bad condition since last rain, motorists’ organs are churning inside their bodies while passing through the road. So, the priority of the work should be upon the necessity and not upon the formality.

* There are so many single days we humans observe yearly as World Water Day, Earth Day, Greenery Day, World Biodiversity Day, World Environment Day, Global Wind Day, World Population Day, and more. But why can’t we be conscious about those days every day? Subsequently, the ignorance in the rest of the days makes way for global warming.

Citizens’ Corner : 23/02/2023

* Electricity Department in South Andaman is not providing proper electricity to its consumers but charging very high bills since past few years. Don't know, where all the engineers working at? Where all the diesel fuel goes on? Despite of Solar Energy support don't know where all the power goes on? Ultimately, consumers face power fluctuations all day and night unbearable times and damage of electronic appliances such as computers, lights, fans, mixers, grinders, fridges, and more.

* Govt. Servants are the real God's men especially the bureaucrats. They get 24x7 power supply; departmental electric cars for them and their family members; highly that too timely salaries; 5 to 10 free workmen for their household works; anytime - anywhere in Andaman free tour packages for their family members by any means, and etc. enjoyments.

* What would happen if every individual Govt. Officer did his/her duty judicially in Andaman and Nicobar Administration? May be unrealistic to happen, but educational institutes like DBRAIT are not able to run with irregularities; consumers can get uninterrupted power supply; corruption could not prevail in government/ public works; quality production would improve. Then only, the people in general could think at next level and innovate something new. But…

* People become fools after using smart phones, many fools even don't remember their own mobile numbers, but smartly used to ask the other person that, 'tell me your number, I will give u missed call'. Some other fools are forgot the spellings of 'THIS, THAT. Of course, they are smart phone owners and saving time smartly.

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tizens’ Corner : 16/02/2023

* Happening of geological changes in earth is a natural phenomenon, but problem is then, when humans making changes on earth. Due to which, the cycle of changes become multiply and the disaster which supposed to come after 50 years will be happening today or may be tomorrow.

* May be the highly moneyed people can purchase plots in another earth likely planet and store their wealth there to construct companies and rule the planet for generations. What about this planet people?

* Looking at the buildings in the city upon encroached lands, the Revenue officials often ignore the law of land and become admire of beautiful structures constructed by violating all the laws in Andaman. The Revenue Officials being working in the Revenue Authority knows well about the details of vacant land are used to occupy vast areas at different places in these Islands.

* What would happen if every individual Govt. Officer did his/her duty judicially in Andaman and Nicobar Administration? May be unrealistic to happen, but educational institutes like DBRAIT are not able to run with irregularities; consumers can get uninterrupted power supply; corruption could not prevail in government/ public works; quality production would improve. Then only, the people in general could think at next level and innovate something new. But…

* "Show me the person I will decide what to do". Is the A&N Police working that style? As they can do anything they want? A&N Police expertise in imposing challans, better send them all over India to generate more revenue for Police Department from general public.


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