ANI Administration will Go an Extra Mile to Address Genuine Demands of the People: Chandra

Port Blair, Sept. 19: The Chief Secretary, A&N Administration, Shri Keshav Chandra, IAS arrived at Diglipur this morning on a four-day visit to North & Middle Andaman District. On arrival at the V.S Pally Helipad, the Chief Secretary was accorded a warm welcome by the Deputy Commissioner, N&M Andaman, Dr. Satyendra Singh Dursawat. The Adhyaksha Zila Parishad, North & Middle Andaman, Ms Elizabeth, Up-Pramukh, Shri Mahadev Gain, PRI members, senior officers of A&N Administration, Heads of Department of North & Middle Andaman and others were also present.

Soon after arrival, the Chief Secretary held a meeting with the public representatives and Heads of Office in the conference hall of APWD guest house. The public representatives put forth their issues and aspirations related to sectors such as road, water, education, agriculture, revenue, civil aviation, electricity, shipping, rural development etc.

The Chief Secretary gave a patient hearing to the grievances and allowed all the PRI members present in the conference hall to put forth their grievances one by one and also emphasized the need for participatory management.

Responding to the grievances regarding poor condition of roads in Diglipur area, the Chief Secretary, at the outset, expressed his concern over the condition of roads in Diglipur. He instructed the senior officers of APWD to hold a meeting with PRIs today itself and prepare an exhaustive list of roads to be repaired with tentative timelines in consultation with elected representatives. He also directed to follow up all the pending approvals and kick start all the repair works.

The Chief Secretary urged the officers to give patient hearing to the grievances of the PRIs and resolve their genuine demands to the maximum possible. He instructed the Heads of Department to make regular field visits to understand the problems of the people. He instructed the DC N&M to conduct monthly interaction and review meeting about the progress of the projects so that people at large are benefitted. Water supply & distribution issues raised by the PRIs were also discussed in detail and the senior officers of APWD were asked to prepare a comprehensive list in consultation with the PRIs and submit an action plan.

Responding to the demands to renovate the dilapidated school buildings, the Chief Secretary instructed the Director of Education to visit schools and prepare a list of the school which needs urgent repair so that improvement of school building can be taken up immediately. The Chief Secretary assured the PRIs that the A&N Administration will go an extra mile to address their genuine demands.

Thereafter, the Chief Secretary visited the under construction vegetable market at Diglipur Bazaar, where, he instructed the concerned authorities to plan the market in such a way so that it does not congest and ensures free movement of people. He also visited Agriculture Multipurpose Demonstration Farm, Keralapuram and appreciated the well maintained Farm. He instructed the officials to impart monthly training to farmers in groups to make them aware about new farming techniques.

The Chief Secretary also inspected the Govt. Secondary School Keralapuram and Primary School R.K Gram during which he interacted with the teachers and students. He also instructed for immediate repair of both the school buildings.

Thereafter, the Chief Secretary inspected CHC Diglipur and reviewed its functioning. The DHS and the CMO, Diglipur briefed the Chief Secretary about the facilities available in the CHC. He also interacted with the out- patients and wished them a speedy recovery while interacting with the in- patients. Expressing his satisfaction over the functioning of the CHC in a disciplined manner, the Chief Secretary appreciated the efforts of the Doctors for providing better health care to the patients in this remote part of the Islands.

Later in the evening, the Chief Secretary visited Madhupur where he saw the Community Vegetable Garden raised by the villagers under MGNREGA. Thereafter, the Chief Secretary visited PHC Radhanagar and inspected the Health care facilities available there. He praised Pankaj and Renu Bala Sammadar staff of the PHC for keeping the entire medical premises spic & span. The Chief Secretary also visited Mud Volcano site at Hathilevel.