The Department of Environment & Forests, A&N Administration, is celebrating the 72nd Van Mahotsava in the monsoon month of July 2021.

Van Mahotsav- the festival of plantation owes its origin to the great visionary Late K.M. Munshi, the then Union Minister for Food & Agriculture who launched the programme in 1950 with the slogan “Tree means water, water means bread and bread is life”. The benevolent services rendered by trees and forests in supporting the life on Earth and their contribution in mitigating the ill effects of soil erosion, air pollution, global warming, climate change etc. deserves not only our respect but also our obligation to protect and conserve them for our posterity.

Port Blair, June 30: A&N Islands is a standalone Territory and the Administration is trying its level best to restrict the entry of corona virus in our Islands from mainland by conducting RTPCR tests of the flight passengers on their arrival for the safety of the Islanders. This was stated by the Secretary (Health), Shri Ram Niwas Sharma briefing media on COVID-19 situation in A&N Islands in the conference hall of IP&T today. The Administration is focusing on the fivefold strategy of Testing, Tracking, Treating, COVID Appropriate Behavior and Vaccination. As per the directions of Chief Secretary, A&N Administration the testing facility in the Islands are given utmost importance with two third of the tests have been conducted through RTCPR while one third through RAT.

Port Blair, June 30: When every youth in the islands are trying their best to get a slot for COVID-19 vaccination by dealing with limited slots and short time-frame for registration; a 19 year old girl from Junglighat today proved that saving a precious life is much more important than opting for vaccination.

Aksa, a 19 year old, BA First year student of JNRM has set an example that humanity comes first and saving a precious life is much more important than getting her first jab of COVISHIELD.

Port Blair, June 30: To take stock of the impact of the second wave of Covid-19 and to assess the preparedness to combat the anticipated third wave of Covid-19 and also to review the medical facilities available in various places in the islands, the Member of Parliament, Shri Kuldeep Rai Sharma, along with Shri V. Candavelou, Commissioner–cum–Secretary (Health) and Dr. Omkar Singh, Director of Health Services today visited North & Middle Andaman.

Port Blair, June 30: The Member of Parliament, Shri. Kuldeep Rai Sharma has requested the Chief Secretary to provide ship for Campbell Bay on 4th July 2021. He explained that patients, students and general public who are presently stranded at Port Blair don’t have proper place for shelter and food. Most of them have exhausted their money and they are in precarious situation.