Wait for furnishing continues for Sainik Sarai at Great Nicobar

Report by: 
BALRAM SINGH
CAMPBELL BAY
8 Jul 2017

Despite adverse reports in the local media, the government agencies have failed to furnish the Sainik Sarai at Campbell Bay in Great Nicobar. Even after more than a year since its renovation and launch by the then Lt. Governor of A & N Islands, Lt. General AK Singh (retd), the Sainik Sarai here continues to stand as witness to the official apathy towards the welfare of veterans of the armed forces settled in the region.
According to reports, Sainik Sarai at Campbell Bay has been lacking basic facilities since its inauguration reducing it to a redundant building. Essential requirements like furniture, accommodation facilities, curtains, canteen facility etc to ensure decent stay for ex-servicemen in the region remains far from ensured. “Shortage of basic  amenities has made sure that the Sainik Sarai here remains a laid off building in the southern most tip of the country. In the absence of articles like furniture items beds, chairs, basic electrical equipments etc, how will the ex-servicemen community settled here be able to use it? Campbell Bay in the Great Nicobar Island is known for the ex-servicemen community settled here and expectations were high from the administration after the Lt. Governor inaugurated the renovated building last year. But on the contrary, the Sanik Sarai here has remained locked since the launch,” said some ex-servicemen speaking to this Correspondent.
For lakhs of Ex-Servicemen and widows of the armed forces personnel , Sainik Rest Houses are constructed in various parts of the country to provide them decent and affordable accommodation to stay for short duration. There are three Sainik Rest House in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, two at Haddo and one at Campbell Bay.