CPI(M) State Unit raises issues of islanders

Port Blair
22 Nov 2017

The Communist Party of India (Marxist), A& N State organising committee has  expressed concern over the difficulties faced by people living in various islands particularly in  the southern group of islands and North Andaman due to lack of shipping services. In a resolution adopted in the meeting of the state organising committee held at Port Blair recently, the CPI (M) has noted that a large number of vessels   of the DSS fleet are either kept idle without survey or taking longer than usual to complete repairs and survey.  M. V. Kalighat, which was taken out of service 3 years back, is yet to resume  service,  while the Administration has spent several crores for paying  wages to the officers and crew of the said ship besides repairs and for other work.  CPI (M) demanded a high level inquiry into the lapses by officers concerned for keeping the vessels of  Shipping Department  idle for several years.
At the meet, concern was expressed over the unchecked price rise in the islands, particularly after the implementation of GST.  The meeting decided to conduct Conferences of the Party Committees.  The Branch and Local Conferences of the party will be held in November, 2017 while the Zonal Conferences will be held in December, 2017.  The State Conference of the Party will be held in January, 2018 at Port Blair. Mr. D. Laxman Rao, Secretary and Mr. Tapan Bepari, State Secretariat Member of the CPI (M) spoke at the meeting which was presided over by Mr. K. G. Das, State Secretariat Member.