LG directs Chatham Saw Mills to streamline working of 7 timber depots in SA

Port Blair
27 Jun 2017

In order to bring transparency in the working of the Chatham Saw Mill and help the wood based industries, the Lt. Governor, A&N Islands, Prof. Jagdish Mukhi today issued directives to computerize the functioning of the units. During his visit to the Chatham Saw Mills today  to take stock of the working system of the Saw Mill, he said that computerized work will help the industries who are solely dependent on the supply from the mill. He was accompanied by the Secretary to LG, Dr. A K Singla and the OSD to LG, Shri P K Singh. On arrival at Chatham, the Lt. Governor was received by Principal Secretary E&F & PCCF, Dr. Alok Saxena and other senior officers of the Department of Environment & Forests.
Lt. Governor inspected the Chatham Saw Mill, and was apprised of its functioning. He issued direction to the officials of the Forest Department to computerize the Timber Depots spread over seven places in the South Andaman. This will enable the applicants, the wood based industry owners and general public to know the position of their applications. It will also check the possibility of any manipulation in issuance of timber.
The Lt. Governor was also apprised of the man power in the Saw Mill, where about 500 workers, including regular mazdoors and industrial staff are engaged in shift system. While inquiring about the welfare measures in place for the employees, the Lt. Governor was informed that a Dispensary is being run by the DHS to cater to the health care needs of the employees at Chatham. Besides, a canteen is also being run by the Forest Department, providing refreshments and lunch facilities to as many as 70 employees daily.
Two representatives of the employees put forth the Lt. Governor some of the genuine demands of the employees. This included non issuance of uniform, foot wears etc. The Lt. Governor issued directions to the concerned offiscers to look into the matter and make necessary arrangements to issue the same within three months. He also directed that such facilities should be extended to the employees in a calendar year without fail.
Thereafter, the Lt. Governor inspected the canteen and issued directions for maintaining hygienic conditions in the canteen, so as to provide a healthy environment for all the employees utilizing the canteen services.
Later, the Lt. Governor visited the Forest Museum and evinced keen interest in the exhibits of flora and fauna, including wooden handicrafts on display. A memento was presented to the Lt. Governor by the PCCF on the occasion.