Port Blair, May 1: Along with rest of India, INTUC, A&N Islands observed the Labour Day as May Day today under the leadership of its President, Kuldeep Rai Sharma. More than six thousands workers of all the thirty six unions affiliated to INTUC participated to commemorate the sacrifice and struggle of the Trade Union workers made over the years for upliftment and betterment of working class people and to demonstrate the unity.

A procession was started from Gandhi Bhavan to Gandhi Statue where Sharma garlanded the statue of Mahatma Gandhi and lead the procession that passed through Clock Tower to Atul Smrity Samity and back to Gandhi Bhavan.

Beside many others, Shri Hamid Ali, Shri Gyan Prakash Krishna, Shri Mariam Bibi, Shri Usman, Shri Aboobacker, and Shri Rafique spoke on the occasion. May day was also celebrated by the workers affiliated to INTUC at Havelock, Mayabunder, Rangat, Hutbay, Campbell Bay etc.

Meanwhile the DMK, A&N Islands today organised a grand May Day procession, which began from its office at Kalingar Arivalayam, Mohanpura. The procession passed through Clock Tower, State Library and Bengali Club junction before culminating at Kalingar Arivalayam. More than three thousand party workers participated in the procession, including women.

Port Blair, May 1: The 24th All India Conference of the Confederation of Central Govt. Employees & Workers will be held at Kolkatta from 4th to 6th May, 2013.   Hundreds of delegates and office bearers from Unions and Associations affiliated to the Confederation, representing lakhs of central government employees in the country, are expected to participate in the Conference.  Among other things, the Conference will  discuss the  various unsettled issues  arising out of the implementation of the 6th  Central Pay Commission recommendations.  

From Andaman and Nicobar Islands, a 3-member delegation led by Shri D. Ayyappan, General Secretary of the Non-Gazetted Govt. Officers’ Association, will attend the Conference.  While two delegates are already in Kolkatta, Shri D. Ayyappan will leave Port Blair for Kolkatta on 2nd May, 2013 to attend the Conference. 

Port Blair, May 1: Approval has been accorded for continuation of incentive oriented schemes under Sector Industries & Minerals, Sub-Sector Village & Small enterprises for the 12th five year plan period 2012-17.

Under Island Transport Subsidy programme, Small & Micro Enterprises freight charges shall be reimbursed for transportation of raw materials from Chennai Port to the location of the unit in the Union Territory and for transportation of finished goods from location of the unit to Chennai Port. Enterprises shall be eligible from the sixth year from the date of commencement of commercial production upto 10th year i.e. for a period of 5 year at reduced rate.

All the registered (Obtained EM-II) Micro & Small Enterprises are eligible for subsidy under the programme.

Necessary details of scheme can be obtained from the following official of Directorate of Industries, Port Blair as well as in the branch offices at Diglipur, Bakultala, Little Andaman, Car Nicobar, and Campbell Bay on any working day between 9:00 AM & 05:00 PM.

For further details, the Assistant Director (Tech-I), Directorate of Industries, Port Blair (Ph: 231517), Industries Promotion Officer, Directorate of Industries, Port Blair (Ph: 232771 - Ext-237), Industries Promotion Officer, ITC, Diglipur (Ph: 272287), Industries Promotion Officer, ITC, Bakultala (Ph: 277807), Industries Promotion Officer, ITC, Little Andaman (Ph: 284087), Industries Promotion Officer, ITC, Car Nicobar (Ph: 267023) and Industries Promotion Officer, ITC, Campbell Bay (Ph: 264105) may be contacted.