MP briefs media on progress on dev. projects in isles

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Port Blair
26 Dec 2017

The Member of Parliament, Mr Bishnu Pada Ray, brief the local media on progress on various projects being executed by the Union Government in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.  Speaking to newspersons on Tuesday, Mr Ray said the revision of minimum wages with effect from 1st January 2017 is the third highest in India. “I have also take up the issue of grant of 1/30th pay of dearness allowance to daily rated workers employed in 29 departments of the administration. In this first phase, 4081 out of total 6916 daily rated workers will be granted the pay scale and will become entitled to receive monthly wages to the tune of Rs 20,000,” said Mr Ray. The Empowered Committee of the Rural Development Ministry also sanction Rs 11.69 crores for 42.89 kilomters of rural roads in these islands, while DPR for another 33 rural roads (total 40 kms) will be submitted by the Administration by Jan 15 next year. Proposals for the remaining rural roads as recommended by the Member of Parliament will be submitted by the administration by March 2017, informed Mr Ray.
“On the power scenario, a letter has been submitted to the Power Ministry with copies to the Lt. Governor and Chief Secretary suggesting long term measures for improvement. Many power houses have old machines which outlived their life span resulting in frequent power-cuts. Urgent action is required to address the issue of frequent black-outs witnessed for the past three years. Measures should as change of over cables lines to avoid feeders trips, improvement of transmission and distribution systems in N&M Andaman by augmenting Power Sub-Stations at various locations such as Ograbraj, Ferrargunj, Wimberlygunj, Aerial Bay and Panighat (M/Bunder), revamping of Generation capacity in entire A&N Islands  have also been suggested,” Mr Ray said adding that a high level meeting has been convened by the Minister of Power which will be attended by the Lt. Governor in this regard.
The Member of Parliament also highlighted the benefits of Pradhan Mantri Matritva Vandna Yojana implemented in 2017 for single child birth under which Rs 5000 as incentive is provided in three instalments, sanction of cruise ship services between Mumbai and Port Blair, status of bridge project in Middle Strait and issue of subsidized sugar to all consumers include APL Card holders.