Work for people’s welfare: LG to govt. agencies in strategic southern territory

Port Blair
23 Mar 2017

The Lt. Governor, A & N Islands Prof. Jagdish Mukhi, accompanied by the First Lady of the Islands, Smt. Prem Mukhi visited Car Nicobar and Nancowry group of Islands on March 22 and  23and took stock of various developmental works. The Deputy Commissioner, Nicobars, Chief Engineer, APWD, Director of Shipping Services & SE, Electricity Department accompanied the Lt Governor during his visit to different Islands in Nicobars. On arrival, the LG and his entourage was received by the Deputy Commissioner, Nicobars, Smti. Neha Bansal, Superintendent of Police, Nicobar District, Shri. Deepak Yadav, Members of Tribal Council, Car Nicobar and other Head of Offices.  A guard of honour was presented to the Lt Governor at APWD Guest House. 
Thereafter, the Lt Governor proceeded to the BJR Hospital, Car Nicobar to see and enquire about the health condition of the ailing Chairman Tribal Council, Shri. Aberdeen Blair and wished for his early recovery. The Lt. Governor also visited Tsunami Memorial.               
After concluding visit at Car Nicobar, the Lt. Governor proceeded to Chowra Island where he interacted with the members of the Tribal Council of Chowra Island. During the interaction, they raised the issue of the non-availability of BSNL connectivity. The Lt. Governor assured that he will personally pursue the matter with BSNL. The Tribal leaders also demanded for maximum supply of power during schooling hours. The Lt. Governor gave on the spot direction to the SE, Electricity to maintain power supply from 9 am to 2.30 pm and from 5 pm to 4 am, which was applauded by the tribal members. The Tribal leaders also demanded boat service, exclusively for Nancowry group of Islands.
Lt. Governor and the team proceeded to Teressa Island, where he was accorded a warm welcome by the members of Tribal Council and other local officers. Further, during the interaction with the Tribal Council members and residents, it was requested to improve the seaways connectivity within Sub-Division which has been suspended due to non-availability of dedicated vessel for Nancowrie Sub-Division upon which assurance was given by the Director (SS) to position a 100 Pax vessel MV Strait Island exclusively for Nancowrie Sub-Division by March 31 for maintaining regular uninterrupted connectivity between the far flung islands including Chowra and Teressa. After completion of visit at Teressa, the Lt Governor proceeded to Kamorta where he was accorded warmed welcome by the CTC, Nancowrie & CTC, Kamorta and other Heads of Office followed by Guard of Honour at APWD Guest House, Kamorta.  During the meeting at EOC Conference Hall, wherein all the members of Tribal Council and Heads of Office of the respective Departments under Nancowrie, Sub-Division were present during which many issues were raised by the members of Tribal Council. After giving a patient hearing, the Lt Governor gave directions to respective Departments to address the issues expeditiously. He stated that the issue of poor BSNL network has been noticed in all the Islands, which is a genuine issue, and assured that he will personally take up the issue with the CGM, BSNL to enhance the bandwidth for the Island. He further informed that he is actively perusing the matter with GOI to have an IT Hub at Port Blair which will simultaneously provide employment opportunities to the youths. He further informed that the 07 years old plan for laying undersea cable from Chennai to Port Blair has been consented over by the Parliament as a special case only after the interference of our Prime Minister and the whole exercise will be completed by 31/12/2018. Before the IT Hub is established, various training programmes on IT field will be provided and the youth of Nicobar group of Islands can also avail this opportunity, he said.
Regarding the issue of providing regular inter-island services to Southern Group of Islands, the Director of Shipping informed that the chartered vessel Coral Queen which has got 450 passenger capacity with 100 MT cargo, will join the fleet by April 2017.
The Lt. Governor along with the team also visited the CHC, Nancowrie and was overwhelmed on the facilities which have been extended to the visiting patients. He stated that as per his experience in these Islands, he has observed that the best medical facilities have been provided in these Islands as compared to the services provided on the Mainland.
At the end of his tour, the Lt. Governor visited Katchal Island today where the members of Tribal Councils and local Officers gave a warm welcome to the Lt Governor, First Lady and members of entourage. The Lt. Governor proceeded to GSSS Kapanga to see the educational facilities being provided at the school. While interacting with the students, he shared his views and motivated them. The Lt. Governor also visited the PHC Katchal and expressed his pleasure on the facilities being provided to the patients. He also had an interaction with the Tribal Council members and general public at the Community Hall, Japan Tikry. During the public audience, he patiently heard the demands and grievances of the residents of Katchal and gave appropriate directions. As regards the grievances of Katchal Settlers, he informed that a separate meeting will be convened at Raj Niwas to sort out the issues.
The Lt. Governor also informed that the Administration is committed to facilitate the residents with all basic needs and directed all the Departments to complete their works in time bound manner for betterment of the people residing in these far-flung Islands. The Lt. Governor also informed the gathering that the Administration has revised its Excise Policy and imposed ban on tobacco in view of the ill effects of usage of these items, especially by the younger generation. The people of Car Nicobar and Nancowry expressed their heartfelt gratitude to the Lt. Governor and the First Lady for visiting the beautiful Islands.