Wednesday, November 9, 2016
A meeting of the employees working in the Department of Health Services, Andaman and Nicobar Islands was held at Port Blair today (5th November, 2016) in which it was unanimously decided to revive the Health Department Sub-Committee of the Non-Gazetted Govt. Officers’ Association. The meeting discussed various issues pertaining to the employees of Health Department especially ANMs, LHVs and MHWs, etc. which include (1) filling up of vacant posts (2) amendment of Recruitment Rules of ANMs (3) Delay in providing timely promotion (4) providing residential accommodation near the Sub- Centres for the staff, etc. The meeting elected Smt Maimuna Begum, Smt Reba Rani Sarkar and Smt Maimuna Bibi as Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer respectively of the Health Department Sub-Committee of the Association.
Addressing the meeting, Shri P. Sathyapal, President of the Non-Gazetted Govt. Officers’ Association exhorted the employees to bring larger unity among the employees to achieve their demands. Speaking on the occasion, Shri TS Sreekumar, General Secretary informed the gathering about the ongoing struggles of central government employees at the National as well as local level to achieve various demands related to 7th Central Pay Commission like increase in the minimum pay, fitment formula, Allowances, etc. and other long pending issues. Shri R. Rajendran, Asst. General Secretary also spoke. A large number of employees of the Health Department posted at Port Blair and South Andaman area attended the meeting.
The Secretary-cum- Director (CS & CA),
A & N Administration,
Sub: Shortage of LPG various parts of the Islands –Regarding
I am to invite your kind attention to the acute scarcity of LPG cylinders in various parts of the Islands. This is happening only because of mis-management in distribution as per the schedules. The severe shortage of Gas cylinders affected common man very badly in many parts of the Islands such as Port Blair, Mayabunder, Rangat, Billy Ground etc. The worst affected area is Mayabunder, the head quarter of North & Middle Andaman. Chaotic situation is recurring at Mayabunder whenever LPG truck reaches once in a blue moon. News paper reports and also requests from various corners to district authorities for intervention on the issue have not yielded any improvement in the situation.
Also in Port Blair the situation is not different. Distribution of refilled LPG Cylinders is quite irregular in many wards at Port Blair Municipal area. The distribution agency is taking 45 days or more for supply of refilled cylinders. As a result general public are forced to collect cylinders from the Gas godown at Brookshabad wasting time and money for transportation of Gas cylinders. Even in this digital era, serpentine queue of hundreds of people braving sun and rain is a common sight at Brookshabad gas godown.
The main agency for gas distribution, the Consumer Cooperative Society Ltd, once again totally failed in regular supply of LPG cylinders due to reasons only known to them. Government employees are the worst affected group, due to the LPG scarcity, as they are unable collect cylinders from faraway places/gowdowns etc.
Time and again it is noticed that schedules for supply of cylinders are being made, only to not follow the same. I would, therefore, request your goodself to kindly look in to the matter personally considering its gravity and order immediate and effective measures to mitigate the hardship of General Public and Government employees, by ensuring regular supply of LPG Cylinders.
Action taken in the matter may kindly be intimated to this Association.
( T S Sreekumar )
Evening Mass Dharna in support of call by Confederation of Central Govt. Employees & Workers, New Delhi
The Non-Gazetted Govt. Officers’ Association, A & N Islands today (07.11.2016) organised an Evening Mass Dharna at Tiranga Park, Port Blair as part of 2nd phase of nationwide agitation programme called by Confederation of Central Govt. Employees & Workers, New Delhi. The Association organised the programme against non-implementation of the assurances given by Group of Ministers to NJCA on 30th June, 2016 regarding increase in minimum wages and fitment factor, retaining various allowances etc. of govt. employees. Speaking on the occasion, General Secretary of the Association, Shri T.S.Sreekumar highlighted the demands put before the government by the NJCA and demanded for immediate impemention of the assurance given by the Group of Ministers on 30th June, 2016 regarding the revision Minimum Wage and Fitment formula. Earlier, inaugurating the Dharna, Shri B.Chandrachoodan, General Secretary, CITU expressed concern over the negative attitude of the government in accepting the genuine demands of the government servants. He asked the administration to implement in true spirit the Supreme Court’s recent ruling in regard to the grant of “Equal Pay for Equal Work” to all the Casual and Daily Rated employees working in various departments. Shri S.L.Vinjit, Secretary, South Andaman Teachers’ Branch also spoke on the occasion. A large number of employees including women employees participated in the programme. Shri D.S.Clement Stephen, Finance Secretary of the Association expressed vote of thanks. Similar programmes were also organised at outstations including Diglipur and Billyground. In Diglipur, hundreds of employees participated in a Massive Demonstration organised in front of AC’s Office, Diglipur. Shri Gopal Chandra Dey, Shri Madan and Shri S.Arumugam spoke on the occasion. A mass demonstration was organised at Billyground where Shri Satyaban Gain, Shri S.Bawali, Shri S.R.Mirdha and Shri Prosenjit Roy addressed the gathering.
Monday, October 31, 2016
An emergency meeting of members of the Non-Gazetted Govt. Officers’ Association was held at Crusade House, Port Blair today (27.10.2016) to condole the sudden and untimely demise of Shri S.C.Biswas, Former President of the Association, who died at Kolkatta today after a brief illness. The meeting recalled the struggles undertaken by the Association under his leadership. Shri S.C.Biswas made many sacrifices to mobilise government employees and workers of Middle and North Andaman. He was victimised by the authorities on several occasions since he was in the forefront of agitations. Once he was arrested on a false case, fabricated against him at Diglipur. Shri P.Satyapal, President, Shri T.S.Sreekumar, General Secretary, Shri S.N.Mishra, Vice President, Shri B.CHandrachoodan, General Secretary, CITU, Shri D.Ayyappan, General Secretary, Gazetted Officers’ Association, Smt Nasreen Begum, Organising Secretary and others briefed their experiences with Shri S.C.Biswas and remembered his valiant struggles and leadership quality. The meeting paid respectful homage and observed one minutes silence in his memory.The cremation of Shri S.C.Biswas was held today at his native place in Kolkatta. He is survived by his wife, Smt Ripa Biswas and a son. Many leaders of Trade Union movement accompanied the last journey of Shri S.C.Biswas including Shri Goutam Deb, Former Minister of West Bengal. Condolence meetings were also organised by the Billyground and Diglipur branch of the Association where leaders paid tributes to the departed soul.
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
A delegation of Non-Gazetted Govt. Officers’ Association, Andaman and Nicobar Islands consisting of Shri S.N.Mishra, Vice President; Shri T.S.Sreekumar, General Secretary; Shri R.Rajendran & Shri R.Surendran Pillai, Asst. General Secretaries; Shri Clement Stephen, Finance Secretary and Smt Nazreen Begum, Organising Secretary held a courtesy meeting with Hon’ble Lt. Governor, Prof. Jagdish Mukhi on 30.09.2016. At the outset the General Secretary of the Association conveyed the greetings to the newly appointed Lt. Governor and assured whole hearted support in all people friendly initiatives. The Association also welcomed the ban on tobacco products and steps to curtail the liquor consumption. The General Secretary also submitted a memorandum to the Hon’ble Lt. Governor on various pending issues pertaining to govt. employees which include (i) Setting up of greinvance redressal mechanism at local level on the model of Joint Consultative Machinery (JCM) (ii) Filling up of vacant posts (iii) Construction of sufficient number of quarters (iv) Award of upgraded pay under Part B of 6th CPC to left out categories of teachers (v) Regularisation of Ad-hoc services of teachers and (vi) Enhansing Air/Boat services for southern group of islands. The delegation made briefings also on various long pending demands of government employees. The Hon’ble Lt. Governor has assured to look into the issues to resolve them.