Port Blair, March 5: The Lt Governor, Lt Gen (Retd) Bhopinder Singh, has directed that damages caused due to natural calamities such as heavy rain and earthquake etc. will be assessed by a Committee. The Committee will be headed by the Deputy Commissioner (South Andaman) with the Superintending Engineers of Zilla Parishad, South Andaman and PBMC as members and the Deputy Director, Directorate of Disaster Management as Member Secretary. The Committee will also suggest possible solutions & prevention measures.

The Committee will conduct joint inspection at all the locations and examine cases of land sliding, damages and displacement of retaining walls in and around Port Blair and Ferrargunj. After inspection of the site, the Committee will give report on all aspects such as whether the house site is duly allotted by the Administration, whether the construction is as per laws/ whether the construction has entailed a change in topography, whether the problem has occurred purely due to heavy monsoon or due to improper construction, solution to the problems and action taken by Regulatory agencies. The Committee will submit the report within a week.

The Lt Governor has also directed the Committee to hold quarterly meeting and generate maximum awareness among the people through proper publicity. 


Port Blair, March 4: TheMalaria workers under the Directorate of Health Services, are yet to receive their salaries for the month of February 2013. It is learnt that this is a regular feature for the last six years. Many a time the worker’s salary was delayed for even more than three months.

There are strict guidelines to pay salary to regular employees, on the last of every month. But in the instant case regular employees are made to suffer due to administrative lapses.

It is learnt that the DHS has not received the required funds for Malaria Department due to negligence of Accounts Department, and thus the salary has been delayed.

The aggrieved workers in a communication said that last year when the salary of the workers were delayed, the Director of Health Services had assured that the problem will not arise in future. Unfortunately the situation remains the same.

It can be expected that the concerned authorities would look into the matter, so as to resolve the issue permanently.

Port Blair, March 4: The PCC President, Kuldeep Rai Sharma has requested the Lt Governor for posting lady Tehsildars in various places of A&N Islands.

Advocating for such appointment, Sharma said that during his recent visit to North and Middle Andaman he has come to know that due to  shortage of Tehsildar, the Tehsildar of Diglipur has been given additional charges of Tehsildars of Rangat and Mayabunder. Sharma had already brought this before the Chief Secretary vide his letter dt 30th January, 2013.

The PCC President also mentioned that no Tehsildar has not been posted to Campbell Bay. He therefore requested the Administrator to consider posting of Tehsildars at all those places of A&N Islands where at present no regular Tehsildars are available.

As for the demand of Lady Tehsildars, Sharma said that with such postings, the rural women can feel much free to speak their grievances, which they hesitate to express before a male. 

Sharma hoped that the Administrator will consider filling up of the shortages with suitable candidates and also take care of positioning of lady Tehsildars by allowing certain percentage of reservation for them as a welfare of the people and women folks of  A&N Islands.