Port Blair, July 22: In a proactive step towards fostering community engagement and addressing local concerns, South Andaman Police has launched a public outreach program called “Police Samvaad”. Under this program, regular meetings with different segments of society will be conducted by officers of the ranks of SHOs, SDPOs and SP.

To kickstart this program, meetings were convened with the PRI members on 21/07/2024 at all Police Stations under South Andaman District to articulate the challenges faced by the communities and to present their grievances to the concerned authorities for swift resolution. The meetings were chaired by the SDPOs and SHOs to get to know the society members and getting to know them.

Port Blair, July 22: The meeting of the Andaman & Nicobar State Organising Committee of CPI (M) was held on 20th July, 2024 at Shaheed Bhavan, Anarkali, Port Blair in presence of Shri G. Ramakrishnan, Polit Bureau Member of the Party. The meeting reviewed the result of general election to 18th Lok Sabha in detail. 

The meeting noted that while there was an anti-incumbency wave against the BJP-led government at the centre in the entire country, such a wave was not seen in these islands which resulted in the BJP winning the Lok Sabha seat from A & N Islands. The meeting noted that the Indian National Congress and the former Member of Parliament never attempted to expose the anti-people policies of the BJP government and remained silent during the last five years. In the last election, the Congress won the election from A & N Islands with the support of the CPI (M) by a margin of 1400 votes. After winning the election, the Congress MP never opposed the BJP government and its policies and adopted a soft-peddling attitude towards BJP government.  It was the CPI (M) which was the only political party in the islands, with its limited resources and reach, to expose the failures of the central government and its Administration in the islands.   

Port Blair, July 22: The Department of Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Services has implemented the ‘Accelerated Breed Improvement Programme – Sex Sorted Semen (ABIP-SS)’ under the central sector scheme ‘Rashtriya Gokul Mission’ in these Islands. This scheme aims to strengthen the ongoing Cattle Development Programme for up-gradation of local cattle through Artificial Insemination using frozen semen of bulls having superior quality. The Department has been implementing these programme since the last three decades and a sizeable population of local variety of cattle yielding an average of (2.5–3 litres) of milk per day has been upgraded by cross breeding to yield on an average of (8-10 litres) of milk per day. Along with the cross breeding programme, the Department of (AH&VS) also implements scheme for improving the fodder production in the Territory and for better management of dairy cattle.

Port Blair, July 22: Shri Joseph, a resident of Teressa, Nicobar District has become the first farmer in Teressa to avail the Kisan Credit Card (KCC) facility of Department of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services. The farmer had 25 goats and was in need of funds for maintenance of his goat farm as his livelihood alone solely depends on animal husbandry activities. He was sanctioned Rs 65,000 under the KCC scheme for the purpose of pig and poultry farming. This initiative marks a significant milestone in promoting Animal Husbandry in the tribal Area of remote Islands of Nicobar District.

Port Blair, July 22: It has been observed that some Bar Owners and POL (Petroleum, Oil & Lubricant) Owners are not remitting their Value Added Tax (VAT) on a monthly basis within the due dates as notified vide F.No.1-1/DC (SA)/VAT (PF)/2017- 18/5974 dated 31st December, 2020 issued by the Commissioner (VAT), A & N Islands. This non-compliance constitutes a gross violation of VAT Rules and results in a significant loss to the Government exchequer. Therefore, all bar owners and POL owners have been once again directed to strictly comply with the due dates as per the aforementioned notification provided as under: