Monday, March 9, 2015

Gadkari writes to Home Minister Advocating Pradesh Council for ANI

Gadkari writes to Home Minister Advocating Pradesh Council for ANI

Shri Nitin Gadkari in a letter to the Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh has requested to look into the erstwhile governance system of Pradesh Council for Andaman and Nicobar Islands to ensure people's participation in the governance. he has also requested to the Home Minister to consider necessary decision to return the land surrendered by tsunami affected farmers.

After his visit to the Islands to review various development projects of the ministry, Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping has sought the intervention of the Home Ministry to consider the demands of the Islanders.

In his letter he mentioned that earlier there was a governing body like Pradesh Council which used to work as a good platform for interaction of people with the government/council responsible for governance of the area. However, this mechanism was abolished and as a result people were deprived of this platform where they could interact and discuss the important issues concerning them.

"It was much desired that this decision of earlier regime should be reviewed and this system of Council should be revised with more participation and authority for its members as it will prove to be beneficial to the people. In the absence of legislative assembly, it is very much necessary to have some democratic platform to ensure people's participation in the governance," he wrote in his letter to Rajnath Singh.

On another crucial issue which was brought to his notice by the Islanders, Gadkari wrote about the plight of farmers affected by Tsunami which ravaged the area a few years ago.

"Though the government then provided them relief after eight long years of wait for the damages they incurred. But their land was taken over by the government in token of this relief. This action by the last government has totally taken away their only means of livelihood and they are forced to live a life with hands-to-mouth situation," he wrote.

Gadkari further mentioned that this decision of the last government needs to be reviewed and their land may be given back to the farmers for bringing back their only means of livelihood. He asked the Government to consider necessary decision in this regard for the benefit of tsunami-affected poor farmers.

This was briefed by Vishal Jolly, State President, BJP in a press conference after his return from New Delhi.

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