THE LIGHT OF ANDAMANS | VOL: 35 | ISSUE: 26 | FRIDAY | 03 FEBRUARY 2012
Nicobar District Bags MGNREGA Award
Ministry of Rural Development, Govt. of India presented the award for Initiative in MGNREGA Administration for the year 2010-11 to the Nicobar District Team of Andaman & Nicobar Union Territory led by Rupesh Kumar Thakur, DC (Nicobar)/DPC in a solemn function held at Vigyan Bhawan,
on Feb 2, 2012. The award was presented by the Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh. Sonia Gandhi, Chairperson UPA & NAC, Jairam Ramesh, Minister of Rural Development, SPradeep Kumar Jain, and Sisir Kumar Adhikari, Ministers of State for Rural Development also graced the occasion. New Delhi
Nicobar District is one amongst the six best Districts selected in the country for this award. The District was selected on the basis of recommendation of Expert/Screening committee of MoRD under the category “Initiative in the challenging environment”. The expert committee while on visit to Car Nicobar appreciated the efforts of Administration in dovetailing MGNREGA with Car Nicobar Coconut Mission. Taking into account the fact that coconut tree was the tree of life for Nicobari community, Car Nicobar Coconut Mission was launched by the Lt. Governor Bhopinder Singh on Jan 28, 2009.
A delegation of Nicobari leaders, Adhyaksh, South Andaman Zila Parishad, Adhyaksh Zila Parishad, North & Middle Andaman, Chairperson PBMC and Chairperson SSWAP also attended the above function. The members of delegation also had some informal interaction with the Minster of Rural Development, S Jairam Ramesh.