Villagers hold ‘chakka jam’ at Nimbutala demanding basic services

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SUBRATA
NIMBUTALA
12 Jul 2017

Hundreds of villagers of Nimbutala in Middle Andaman and adjoining villages staged a chakka jam agitation at Nimbutala Junction on Wednesday. Major among the demands raised by the villagers include improvement of BSNL services, 3G and data connectivity, bar on fishing trawlers in coastal areas in the region, resolution of problems in obtaining Aadhar Card and Old Age Pension and posting of a regular Patwari for Nimbutala.
The villagers, earlier, submitted a mass petition to the Pradhan, Gram Panchayat, Nimbutala to resolve their grievances, which was forwarded to the concerned government  agencies. After receiving no positive response from the local government, the villagers decided to take to the streets in protest. Around three hundred villagers assembled at Nimbutala Junction and blocked the Andaman Trunk Road in protest.
The Assistant Commissioner, Middle Andaman, Rangat rushed to the spot along with BSNL Authority, Assistant Director Fisheries. The Assistant Director assured that measures will be taken to prevent entrance of fishing trawler at nearby coastal areas for which a committee will be constituted. The Station House Officer of Rangat assured that a special boat will be provided to keep watch on movement of fishing boats. Officials from BSNL assured to resolve connectivity within a specified time period, Villagers were also assured of opening a special Aadhar Card Centre in the region and posting of a Patwari after which the agitation was called off.