Indigenous Engine

Issues in Andaman Nicobar Islands

A group of around 13 Shompens received medication for pocks and itches at the Primary Health Centre, Campbell Bay. According to reports, the tribes approached the health centre with the symptoms after consuming certain wild fruits. Doctors of the Health Centre examined them and administered necessary medicines after which they were discharged from the hospital. Another four member group of the Shompen tribe from the North South Road settlement arrived at the Shompen Sarai here on Friday. They were provided with rice, pulses, salt and match boxes by the AAJVS authorities. The group departed for their respective settlement after being dropped in a vehicle closer to their homes, according to information.


Port Blair, July 18: The Andaman Nicobar Tribal Research Institute (ANTRI), the Indian Council for Medical Research, the Health Department and the Department of Ayurveda, Yoga, Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy (AYUSH) are currently collaborating on a year-long detailed, mapped study of diseases and health problems prevalent among the Tribals living in the Andaman and Nicobar islands.

ANTRI was setup by the Central Government in 2013 with the mandate of carrying out applied research – research that is directly used to frame government policies. By carrying out a detailed survey of the diet and health of Tribal populations, ANTRI and its partner organizations are hoping to implement a better system of healthcare delivery to tribals.

Currently tribals who fall sick are by and large brought to hospitals for medical treatment. But many among these tribal populations such as the Jarawa and the Shompen subsist through a combination of hunting and gathering.

The hunter gatherer lifestyle by necessity is seasonal. Some crucial items such as honey are collected only during certain months of the year and are then stored for future use. Thus bringing a Jarawa or Shompen man or woman to Port Blair disrupts their regular schedule and division of labour.

Car Nicobar, July 14: The RO plant at Kinyuka as well as Arong Village is now functional since last two weeks which has brought tremendous relief for the residents of the remote Island. Hard water availability at Car Nicobar Island is always considered as a major issue and this is

why the district administration has taken all necessary steps in a time bound manner to fulfil the demands of the villagers.

The District Administration is trying very hard to install the RO Plants in the village since December but due to lack of assets and transportation facilities the Nicobar District Administration couldn’t do so. However after the intervention of the DC Nicobar, Mrs Neha Bansal, the work progressed in tremendous speed and today the scarcity of treated drinking water in the Arong and Kinyuka Village has been resolved.

Talking to Andaman Sheekha, the District Commissioner, Nicobar District, Mrs Neha Bansal expressed her happiness and said that it was the effort of the entire staffs of the administration. She said that no doubt even after tremendous issues like lack of transporting facilities in the island, the work has been completed and the credit goes to the entire team who were involved in the project. The resident of both the village has also expressed their gratitude to the DC Nicobar for fulfilling their demand.


Sheekha Bureau

Port Blair, July 14: While the Andaman and Nicobar Administration is putting all out efforts to enroll each and every traders under GST but the Administration strongly feels that Internet Connectivity is the biggest Challenge for implementation of GST in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Talking to media persons today during Press Information Bureau’s a day-long Media Workshop ‘Vartalap’ this morning, the Chief Secretary of Andaman and Nicobar Administration, Mr. Anindo Mazumder said that slow internet is Administration’s biggest challenge in implementation of GST in these far flung islands.

“Not the lack of will, not the lack of enthusiasm not even awareness, our people in South Andaman are very well aware, but what is the challenge is Internet connectivity. BSNL has helped us we expect some more help. A new satellite has been launched and we have written to government of India and we are persuading for some more transponders,”

the Chief Secretary said.

The Andaman Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) had already raised this concern nearly two months back and requested some relief and relaxation for Andamans in this regard.

Due to lack of optical fibre connectivity with Mainland India, internet connectivity in Andaman and Nicobar Islands is solely dependent of satellite bandwidth. The internet connectivity is huge challenge in remote Islands of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, which is far slower than Andaman’s Capital city Port Blair.

Talking of GST registration, the Chief Secretary said that Andaman and Nicobar Administration is having target of completing registration of all traders in Andaman under GST by 15, August.