Port Blair, Nov. 21: The Viksit Bharat Sankalp Yatra is continuing in South Andaman. The IEC Van of Viksit Bharat Sankalp Yatra today reached Gram Panchayat Sippighat Community Hall and was welcomed with shower of flowers and crackers by Smti Jyothi, Pradhan, Gram Panchayat Sippighat along with PRI members, School Student, Villagers and Panchayat Secretary. The programme on VBSY was conducted in the presence of Shri Rajender Pal, Block Development Officer, Prothrapur/ Day Nodal Officer-VBSY, South Andaman. Shri Wairokpam Punshiba Singh, IAS and Shri Suvigya, IAS, also graced the occasion with their presence and briefed about the welfare schemes of Govt. of India.

Shri Rajender Pal administered ‘Sankalp’ to the gathering and briefed the gathering regarding various Welfare Schemes of the Central Govt. and policies and stressed on ‘Jan Bhagidari’ for outreach of the benefits of schemes to left out beneficiaries.

In the program, various Departments such as Rural Development, Industries, Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Services, Fisheries, Revenue, NABARD, A & N Cooperative Bank, State Bank of India, Health, Social Welfare etc. participated and set up stalls to create awareness about their schemes among the rural public. Registration of villagers was done under various schemes and nearly 144 villagers got registered during the program. Beneficiaries of all Departments shared their stories under ‘Meri Kahani Meri Zubani’, to motivate other villagers to avail benefit under the schemes. Cultural programmes were organised by the students of Govt. Middle & Primary School of Bimbilitan, Tylerabad, Sippighat and Invent Public School. The Dance Nritya Academy, Junglighat and SHG members of Sippighat village performed a musical skit under ‘Dharti Kahe Pukar Ke’. The successful beneficiaries of various Departments were felicitated by the dignitaries. Property Cards were also distributed to the beneficiaries of SWAMITVA scheme.

After completion of the programme at Gram Panchayat Sippighat, the Viksit Bharat Sankalp Yatra Van proceeded to GP Guptapara. On arrival of the Van at Gram Panchayat Guptapara, a grand welcome was accorded by the Pradhan, Up-Pradhan, Panchayat Secretary, along with other PRI members and villagers. Shri Gopa Kumar, Tehsildar Ferragunj and Shri Rajender Pal, BDO, Ferragunj also participated in the program.

The program began with a welcome speech by Shri Durlav Das, Pradhan, GP Guptapara followed by screening of recorded message of the Prime Minister of India. The Pradhan, Guptapara administered the Sankalp Pledge to the gathering. A Nukad Natak was presented by the Art & Culture Department on the theme ‘Dharti Kahe Pukar Ke’. Cultural programmes were organised by the students of Govt. Sr. Sec. School Manglutan. The beneficiaries of DAY-NRLM, PMAY-G, SBM-G, MGNREGA, PMFME (Industries), KCC (Beneficiaries), Agriculture, Health (PMJAY), Fisheries, Veterinary, ICDS and Revenue Departments residing at GP Guptapara shared their stories under ‘Meri Kahani Meri Zubani’ to motivate other villagers to avail benefits under the schemes.

The Sanitary Workers and students were felicitated for their performances. Line Departments provided on the spot services like Health Camps, KYC updation by CS&CA Deptt. and enrolment under JJBY, SBY, APY, JDY, etc were also organized.