Port Blair, Apr 21: Shri Kuldeep Rai Sharma, President, Pradesh Congress Committee, A & N Islands and all leaders of congress party have deeply mourned the sad demise of Smti Shefali Halder, aged 80 years R/o Diglipur, (mother of Smti Malathi Mondal, Sr. Congress leader) and also the sudden and untimely demise of Shri K. Sasidharan Pillai, Proprietor, Sasi Printers, R/o Citizen Colony, Port Blair and prayed to the Almighty for the eternal peace of the departed souls and to give strength to their bereaved families to bear the irreparable loss.
Port Blair, Mar 31: Today, BJP delegation camp at Delhi, under the leadership of Shri. Vishal Jolly, State President, BJP, A & N Islands met with Shri. Raj Nath Singh, Home Mister, Govt. of India and discussed various development issues related to the Islands viz. issue of Tsunami affected farmers, regularization of DRM, regularization of Old encroachment / access land, and requested Hon’ble Home Minister to sort out these issues during his forthcoming visit to the Islands.
The delegation also met Shri. Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, and thanked him for the approval of under sea Optical Cable and other developmental projects. Further the delegation invited him to visit to the islands. The Prime Minister accepted the invitation and assured the delegation the visit will be on his priority in near future.
Port Blair, Dec 11 : Mrs. Abala Samaddar, Member Zilla Parishad, Havelock, expressed gratitude and appreciation to the Lt. Governor, A & N Islands, and the team of Administration particularly, A& N police, Fire Brigade, Electricity, DSS, Disaster Management, Revenue Department and ANC for making special efforts for evacuation of tourists stranded at Havelock since 05/12/2016 and initiating remedial action to mitigate the difficulties caused to the villagers due to depression formed over South Bay of Bengal which later intensified into cyclone storm “Vardah” to Port Blair.
She also expressed special appreciation to the Dynamic & young Deputy Commissioner, South Andaman Shri. Udit Prakash Rai and the Chief Secretary Shri. Anindo Mazumdar. The DC, S/A very efficiently handled the situation which has arisen due to the inclement weather conditions. He was very much ready to hear the problems of the public at any time and for its redressal.
Port Blair, Dec 11: Shri Jaydeep Kumar Dey, Adhyaksh, Zilla Parishad, South Andaman expressed deep sense of gratitude to the entire team of A & N Administration particularly District Administration, A & N Police, Dept. of Tourism, Fire Services, Electricity Dept., Disaster Management, Transport Dept., elected representatives of PRIs and various stakeholders viz. tour operators Associations, Hotel Owners for prompt & collective efforts in mitigating the situation arising out of the incessant and torrential rain due to deep depression formed over south Bay of Bengal which later intensified into cyclonic storm “Vardah”.
The Adhyaksh also expressed sincere gratitude to the Lt. Governor, A & N Islands, Chief Secretary, A & N Administration, Deputy Commissioner, South Andaman district and also to Andaman & Nicobar Command for quick action in evacuation of tourists stranded at Havelock and Neil Island.
Port Blair, Dec 11: The PCC President Mr. Kuldeep Rai Sharma while expressing his sincere gratitude and appreciation to the Lt. Governor, the Administration and to ANC for making special efforts for evacuation of tourists stranded at Havelock and Neil islands due to depression formed over South Bay of Bengal which later intensified into cyclone storm “Vardah” to Port Blair and to fly back to their native places invited the attention of the Lt. Governor towards the problems of the farmers of the island.
In his letter Mr. Kuldeep said that heavy down pour since 5/12/2016 and cyclone storm “Vardhah” led to water logging / flooding in different parts of Andaman & Nicobar Islands. The farmers of the islands are the worst affected as their paddy crops were submerged due to heavy rain and badly damaged. Similarly fruit bearing trees such as areca nut, coconut etc were uprooted by the cyclone storm Vardhah at different areas all over the island. The farmers have sustained heavy loss due to heavy down pour and cyclone storm. In certain villages heavy damages have caused to their dwelling units and their live stocks, vegetables have also been vanished in the flooding. The farmers are in miserable condition and are in urgent need for help.
Mr. Kuldeep requested the Lt. Governor to provide appropriate compensation to the farmers for the losses sustained to them due to heavy rain and cyclone. If necessary a survey in this regard be conducted through concerned department of the administration, he added.
Port Blair, July 13: The Administration was planning to evict the old encroachers of Kodiyaghat, under Chidiyatapu village for setting up of Solar Plant Project. In this regard Mr. Bishnu Pada Ray, the MP took up the matter with the Ministry to resolve the issue for making alternative relief for the affected persons.
In order to resolve the issue a meeting was held today in the Chamber of Mr.Upendra Tripathy, IAS, Secretary, Ministry of New & Renewable Energy, GoI regarding the eviction of poor Ranchi /other communities from encroachment lands at Kodiyaghat under Chidiyatapu village in Port Blair Tehsil, South Andaman district, for setting up of Solar Power project, without making any alternative relief for their resettlements.
The MP informed the Secretary that an area of 36 hect. of land under Sy. No.15/1, 15/2, 17 & 18 situated at Chidiyatapu under Port Blair Tehsil, in South Andaman district has been allotted by the Administration in the name of the electricity department for setting up of 18 MV Solar Power project, without verifying the ground reality of fact as to whether the said land allotted for the purpose, is free all encumbrances or not.
Further, MP informed that, on the said lands, about 35 families are already settled/residing since past 35-40 years after constructing pucca/semi pucca houses. This fact is very well in the knowledge of the A&N Administration, which cannot be denied due to fact that all these residents having electricity and water pipe connections. Some photographs of the houses of affected were shown by the undersigned as a proof of evidence and a letter dated 12/07/2016 addressed to Mr. Piyus Goyal, the Minister of Power, GoI has been handed over to him and had a detailed discussion on the above issue.
Secretary, MNRE assured the MP that the matter would be solved amicably and 35 families will be rehabilitee to the satisfaction of the affected. NTPC will construct alternate houses for the land-oustees. He further assured that, the NTPC may engage some people among the 35 families on daily basis and will be deployed in the proposed solar plant.
He categorically stated that he would inform the Minister, MNRE, Govt of India, and the Chief Secretary of Andaman & Nicobar Islands for promptly taking up this matter in a humanitarian way and solve the issue in the larger public interest. He directed Mr Tarun Kapoor, IAS, Jt .Secretary, MNRE to coordinate and supervise the whole issue so that the affected persons should not be faced any further problems relating to their resettlement.
The MP was thankful for the prompt action taken by Secretary, MNRE and appreciated his conduct and his concern for the downtrodden. He also said that Secretary’s line of thought and action is similar to the thought and action of Prime Minister.
The expressed hope that the issue will be resolved in a proper manner and this will set an example for others where infra-development is a disadvantage for poor, backward and down trodden. The initiative of MNRE will be a very good example indeed.
Port Blair, July 13: The President, Pradesh Congress Committee, Mr Kuldeep Rai Sharma has urged the Lt. Governor to consider construction of a Guest House at Bengaluru. In a letter to the Lt. Governor, Mr Sharma said that several students from these islands pursue higher studies in various colleges of Bengaluru. Parents of such students frequently visit the city to meet their wards during and after admissions. But those from the middle or lower-middle class face hardships in locating economical hotels and lodges in the city, said Mr Sharma urging the Lt. Governor to explore the feasibility of constructing a Guest House at Bengaluru.
Port Blair, Apr 07: Extending open supports to protesting CDC holders, the chairperson of South Andaman Zilla Parishad, Mrs. Minati Biswas, today joined the CDC holders in their protest.
According to details she sat on hunger strike today from 10.30 AM to 10.30 PM, supporting the CDC holders.
Nearly 10 days back the South Andaman Zilla Parishad Adhyaksha had said that she would join the protest if the administration does not resolve the issue within 10 days.
Not only the South Andaman Zilla Parishad Adhyaksha but also the PBMC Chairperson, Smti. Sheela Singh, Aam Aadmi Party convener and counsellor Mr Sanjay Meshack and TDP councillor, Mrs Pratima Banerjee, TDP General Secretary, A & N Islands, Mr. Azizur Rehman also reached at the protest site today to extend their support to the agitating youths.
Talking to Andaman Sheekha, South Andaman Zilla Parishad, Mrs. Minati Biswas said that as the matter has not been resolved yet, as promised she came to support the protest. “If still the matter is not resolved we will do what is necessary. Youths of these Islands are often exploited openly by various departments by giving them temporary jobs and removing them when they are over-aged. This is what, happened in the case of CDC holders also,” she added.
Port Blair, April 7: The President, Pradesh Congress Committee, Mr Kuldeep Rai Sharma on behalf of the party has congratulated Mr Naresh Chander Lall, renowned film Director and Producer of Andaman and Nicobar Islands on receiving the prestigious Padmashree Award 2016 from the President of India. Mr Lall has done all of the islanders proud in bagging this award for his contribution in the field of Art-Theater and Cinema. His work has always has an element of patriotism for the country and love for the people of these emerald islands, Mr Sharma said.
In his letter, Mr Sharma further said that the modesty and humbleness of Mr Lall in dedicating the award to the artistes of theatre and cinema of these islands speaks volumes of his integrity and character. He is a modern day icon for the youth and has joined a small but illustrious list of islanders as 3rd recipient of the prestigious national award. His achievement will inspire the young generation of these islands striving to achieve such fame and recognition with single minded dedication and hard work, said Mr Sharma wishing him success for all his future endeavours.
Port Blair, April 6: The President, Pradesh Congress Committee, Mr Kuldeep Rai Sharma and other leaders have greeted the islanders on Ugadi. In a release, the Congress leaders wished peace, prosperity and good health for the islanders. The Congress leaders also greeted the islanders on Vasant Navaratri and wished them strength to protect the weaker sections and fight against social evils of the society.