Car Nicobar, Mar. 1: The Lt Governor, Lt. Gen (Retd) Bhopinder Singh, PVSM, AVSM today inaugurated the Pasa Bridge at Car Nicobar.  The Lt. Governor unveiled the plaque to inaugurate the earthquake resistant bridge which was constructed at a cost of Rs 3.5 crores within a period of two years.

Speaking on the occasion, the Lt. Governor expressed happiness that a RCC Bridge has been constructed over the Pasa Nallah, which was a long pending demand of the people of Car Nicobar and would ensure movement of vehicles and people in a safe manner.  The Bridge over the backwaters was damaged during tsunami and a temporary bailly bridge was constructed which too had become non-functional thus restricting the movement of vehicles for the last one year. The Lt. Governor appreciated the efforts of APWD for timely completion of the bridge.

The Lt. Governor also inspected the recently renovated building at Lapathy and gave a nod for starting ITI classes in three different discipline for diploma course.  67 students in three discipline of electrical, plumbing and machinery work were enrolled for diploma certificates.  The Lt. Governor also interacted with the tribal students.

The Lt. Governor also informed the Tribal Council that the matter regarding non-procurement of copra reported to him on 26 February 2013, after the announcement of minimum support price for 2013 had been resolved by the Administration and NAFED will resume procurement of copra from next week.

The Lt. Governor called upon the children to work hard and excel in all walks of life.  The Lt. Governor informed that the Deputy Commissioner had been deputed to select a coaching agency at Chennai where children from southern group of islands will be given free coaching for civil service examination.  The expenditure for this shall be borne by the administration.

The Chief Captain, Car Nicobar in his brief address expressed his gratitude towards the Lt Governor and the Administration for constructing the bridge and for taking-up development projects in Car Nicobar district on top priority.

Earlier, welcoming the chief guest and others, the Commissioner-cum-Secretary, Smt Punya Salila Srivastava gave the technical details of the bridge.  She informed that the construction work of the bridge was taken up in 2011 and completed during January 2013.  The bridge is 48 mtrs in length and 7.0 mtrs in width.

Later, the Lt Governor also held a meeting with the local officers and tribal captains and discussed with them local pending issues and gave directions to all concerned department to attend to the problems of the tribal population of Car Nicobar on priority.

Port Blair, March 1: The INTUC President, Kuldeep Rai Sharma has recorded his gratitude to the Administrator, Lt. Gen (Retd.) Bhopinder Shingh for granting his request to regularise 17 DRMs who were appointed in Port Management Board on compassionate ground during June, 1990.  The INTUC President has requested the Administrator vide his letter dt. 19 12 2012 vide letter No: B-1/INTUC/12 furnishing full details of the case.

Port Blair, Feb. 28: The Non-Gazetted Govt. Officers’ Association has demanded to restore the concessional room tariff for government employees on leave in the Guest Houses in Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Andaman Bhavans in New Delhi, Kolkatta and Chennai.

In a letter sent to the Chief Secretary, Andaman and Nicobar Administration, Shri D. Ayyappan, General Secretary of the Association stated that till the last revision of room tariff, government servants on leave were given concessional tariff in the Andaman Bhavans on the mainland and other Guest Houses in the islands, but this concession was taken away while revising the tariff during July, 2011. As a result government officials who are on leave and staying in the Guest Houses are compelled to pay room tariff applicable to other islanders. 

In the Andaman Bhavans at Kolkatta, Chennai and New Delhi, the government employees on leave are to pay Rs. 1000 per day. In this way, government officials have been made at par with the general public, he said.  Earlier, half of the amount of the tariff prescribed for islanders was the tariff for government employees on leave.    Ayyappan informed the Chief Secretary that there is no justification for taking away the above benefit enjoyed by the government employees for several years.        

He further further stated that  vide orders No. 34 and No. 35 both dated 11th January, 2013 of the Director (IP&T), A & N Administration, room tariff of Andaman Bhavans at New Delhi, Kolkatta and Chennai and guest houses located in these islands respectively were increased considerably.  As per the above orders, revised tariff for government employees on duty in the Andaman Bhavans at New Delhi, Kolkatta and Chennai is Rs. 500 (AC rooms) while it is Rs. 200 (AC rooms) in the Guest Houses located in Andaman and Nicobar Islands.  

He also brought it to the notice of the CS that only those officials whose Grade Pay is Rs. 4200 and above are eligible to get Rs. 500 per day as room rent while on duty. Employees whose Grade Pay is below Rs. 4200 are entitled to get the room rent @ Rs. 300 per day.  The low-paid employees when deputed on duty to mainland are forced to bear the remaining Rs. 200 per day from their pockets for staying at Andaman Bhavans in New Delhi, Kolkatta and Chennai.

The Association had earlier raised this matter before the then Chief Secretary, A & N Administration and had requested him to reduce the room tariff, but neither any action was taken on the request of the Association nor the Association was informed of the reason for not accepting the demand. 

The Association has again requested the Chief Secretary to review the above orders and fix a reduced room tariff of Rs. 300 for the government employees on duty in the Andaman Bhavans at New Delhi, Kolkatta and Chennai considering the fact that a number of government employees whose  Grade Pay is  less than Rs. 4200 are visiting  the said places.