Port Blair, Aug 16 The Member of Parliament, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Shri. Kuldeep Rai Sharma has requested the Chief Secretary of Andaman & Nicobar Administration to re-engage 100 Security Guard personnel of Directorate of Health Services till finalization of the next tender process to safeguard the interest of the health institutions and also taking into consideration the welfare of the unemployed youths.

In a letter addressed to the Chief Secretary, the Member of Parliament mentioned that the Health Department of Andaman & Nicobar Administration had earlier engaged all together 100 Security Guards and deployed them at various health centers including GB Pant Hospital (68 for GB Pant Hospital and 32 for other PHCs/CHCs) across A&N Islands on contract basis through outsourcing for safety and security of health department and patients including medical Doctors/staff.

He added that presently the contract period of these Security Guards has expired and in view of non-finalization of next tender process before expiry of validity of last tender which is pending for finalization by the competent authority, the services of these 100 Security Guards have been discontinued w.e.f. 1st July 2022.

He said that due to sudden discontinuation of the contract there are no security personnel in the premises of G B Pant Hospital and other Health Centers. Because of non-availability of security persons since 1st July 2022, the G B Panth Hospital as well as other Health Center managements are facing huge challenges in controlling visitors as well as traffic inside G B Pant Complex.

The MP pointed out that absence of security guards is also causing great disturbances for the medical staff while discharging their duties in the operation theatres, laboratory and other isolated places.

He added that due to discontinuation of their service, these 100 Security Guards have also become jobless and their livelihood has been affected as they have no other source of income for their livelihood rather than the job they have been performing for past many years.