Govt working to ensure better facilities for Andaman: Modi

PTI Car Nicobar | Updated on December 30, 2018

Prime Minister Narendra Modi being felicitated at a public meeting, at Car Nicobar, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018. Also seen are Lt. Governor of Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Admiral (Retd.) DK Joshi and the Minister of State for Communications (I/C) and Railways, Manoj Sinha.   -  PTI

Lays foundation stone for erecting wall to check sea erosion

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday congratulated the people of Car Nicobar for overcoming the impact of Tsunami, which struck the Island in 2004, and said the government is working to provide better facilities to the people of the Andamans.

Hailing the joint family system prevalent in the island, the PM said the people there can set an example for the other parts of the country.

He also assured the people that their security is one of the top priorities of the government.

“The people here have been demanding a solution to the problem of sea erosion for a long time. I am glad to announce that the government has decided to erect a sea wall to deal with the problem, the foundation of which was laid today,” he said during his public address at BJR Stadium here.

The PM maintained that work will go in full swing to get build the wall at an estimated cost of Rs 50 crore.

Talking about the initiatives taken by his government for the farmers here, he said Minimum Support Price (MSP) of coconut husk has been increased to Rs 9,000 per quintal from Rs 7,000.

Green energy

He stressed on the importance of solar power use for the preservation of environment.

“We are committed to giving the country affordable and green energy. While preserving the environment of the Car Nicobar, the possibilities of electrifying the place with solar power are being explored at the moment,” he said, adding that a 300-KW solar power generation unit will be set up on the island.

The central government has sanctioned Rs 7,000 crore for the welfare of fishermen across the nation, the PM stated,.

The move is aimed at empowering the fishermen financially, he said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays homage to noted freedom fighter Vinayak Damodar Savarkar in the premises of Cellular Jail in Port Blair, on Sunday, Dec 30, 2018.   -  PTI


Modi also said that his government was working to ensure that no corner in the country and its people is deprived of development.

“Along with the security of people at Car Nicobar, the government is making efforts to ensure employment for youth, education for children, medical care for the aged and facilities for the farmers,” he added.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays homage to those who lost their lives in 2004 tsunami, at a memorial in Car Nicobar, Monday, Dec 30, 2018.   -  PTI


Earlier in the day, the PM paid tributes to Tsunami victims at a memorial in Car Nicobar.

Published on December 30, 2018

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