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Himachal Pradesh Cabinet meeting was held here today under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Shri Virbhadra Singh.

Cabinet approved to provide free travelling facility to all the students of government schools from home to school and vice versa except on holidays in Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) buses with effect from 1st April, 2013. This announcement was made by the Chief Minister on 25th January, 2013 on the occasion of State level function of Statehood Day at Sunni in district Shimla.

The Cabinet approved Vision Document for Manali agglomeration and its sub region making it an integral part of Development Plan for Manali Agglomeration of Kullu Valley Planning Area.

It gave its nod to give relaxation to Ropeway building, Jakhu, Shimla regarding Base and Top Stations after receiving the applicable penalty under Himachal Pradesh Municipal Corporation Act, 1994 from them.

Cabinet gave its approval to place Supplementary Demands for grants amounting to Rs.870.16 crore for the year 2012-13 before the Himachal Pradesh Vidhan Sabha in the coming session.

Excise Policy for the year 2013-14 was also approved in the meeting.

It was decided in the meeting that all the Rain Shelters on the road sides would be brought under the control of Transport Department so as to ensure their proper use and maintenance.

Cabinet gave its approval to enhance the remuneration of part time workers/sweepers of Health Department from Rs. 1100 per month to Rs. 1300 per month.

It approved to fill up three posts of Professors and two Posts of Assistant Professors in Himachal Pradesh Government Dental College Shimla through direct recruitment, 19 posts of various categories reserved for persons with disabilities on contract basis in Horticulture Department, creation of three posts of Sanitary Inspectors in Municipal Corporation, Shimla, creation of four posts of Kanungo on supernumerary basis in Revenue Department, filling up two vacant posts of Junior Scale Stenographer in Department of Advocate General and one post of Driver on contract basis in Tribal Development Department.

It approved Recruitment and Promotion Rules for Senior Ayurvedic Chikitsak (Specialist) (Class-I Gazetted) in Ayurveda Department.

The Cabinet gave its approval to engage NIELIT, Chandigarh, a Government Service Provider Agency for providing IT education to the students of Plus one and Plus two classes in the State.

Cabinet gave its approval for inserting Rule 5A and 5B after Rule 5 of Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education, Himachal Pradesh Rules, 2011. This will help disadvantage groups and weaker sections of the society in getting their children admitted to privately managed aided and un-aided schools.

It was decided to provide 39 kg of wheat, 29 kg of rice per month to additional selected BPL families and 23 kg of wheat and 17 kg of rice to Antodaya families of District Chamba and 30 kg of wheat and 22 kg of rice to Antodaya families of District Sirmaur from January, 2013 to May, 2013.

Cabinet gave its approval to create one post of Member in Himachal Pradesh Private Educational Institution Regulatory Commission.

The Cabinet also reviewed the decisions taken by previous BJP Government during their last six months.
Press note: Information & Public Relation, HP Govt.

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4,145 New Covid Cases, 56 Deaths in 24-Hours; HP Govt Forms Paediatric Task Force to Tackle Third Wave

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Shimla-The death toll in Himachal Pradesh climbed to 2,241 on Saturday after 56 Covid patients lost their lives in the last 24-hours. Meanwhile, 4,145 new cases of infection were reported on Saturday, taking the total number of cases in the state to 1,57,862 according to official data released by the state.

Kangra district reported the highest casualties with 19 deaths, while in Shimla, 15 patients died of severe symptoms of coronavirus. 13 patients who lost their lives were below the age of 50.

Daily Covid testing on Saturday reached 15,461, out of which test results of 1,876 samples remain awaited.  According to the state health department, 17,12,566 people have received their first dose of vaccine till Saturday, while 4,34,307 people across the state have received both doses of Covid vaccine.

View the District-wise Details of all COVID-19 Cases for May 15, 2021 (Till 7 pm) Below:

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As the rate of new cases and fatality remains high, the corona curfew in Himachal Pradesh has been extended till May 26 after a meeting of the state government cabinet was held on Saturday. The state also announced some rules and provisions to curb the spread of infection in the state. Medical Colleges, Zonal and Regional Hospitals, and hospitals with a bed capacity of 200 and above were allowed to hire vans to carry dead bodies. Weddings in the state are now only to take place in residences or courts, with a maximum gathering of 20 people.

The state government also held a high-level meeting on Saturday to constitute a Paediatric Task Force to tackle the anticipated third wave. According to reports, the third wave will most likely affect children and teenagers. Earlier this month, the principal scientific adviser to the central government, K VijayRaghavan, had said at a briefing that the high levels of the virus meant “a phase 3 is inevitable.”

The Paediatric Task Force would study the availability of medical infrastructure in various Pediatric Intensive Care Units, Neonatal Intensive Care Units, Sick Newborn Care Units, and Newborn Stabilization Units, to formulate plans for augmentation of machinery, equipment, and Human Resources.

View the District-wise Details of all COVID-19 Deaths for May 15, 2021 (Till 7 pm) Below:

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HP Cabinet Decisions: Curfew in Himachal Extended, Free Wood for Cremation, Marriages Allowed Only in Homes or Courts

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Shimla-Corona Curfew in Himachal Pradesh has been extended further till May 26 as the state has witnessed no respite in a surge in daily Covid-19. The decision was taken after a meeting of the HP Government Cabinet today.

To check the exodus of labourers and workers all the shops dealing with construction materials would also remain open on Tuesday and Friday a week for three hours.

The Cabinet also decided to allow hiring dead body vans to all the Medical Colleges and Zonal and Regional Hospitals and hospitals with a bed capacity of 200 and above.  The forest department would provide free wood for the cremation of corona deceased where forest rights are enforced. The forest corporation would provide fuelwood in other areas. All the MCs would be allowed to hire dead body vans.

The Cabinet also decided that no marriages would be allowed to hire marriage palaces, community halls and tent houses and outside catering and DJ/Band. Marriage would be only held in houses or Courts with the restriction of 20 persons. There will also be no procession of Barat.

The Cabinet gave its consent to fill up 219 posts of different categories on a contract basis under the National Health Mission in the State to provide better health care facilities to the people.

The Cabinet also gave its nod to procure CT Scan 128 slice and MRI 1.5 Tesla Machines worth Rs. 20 crore in Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru Government Medical College, Chamba to facilitate the people.

It accorded its approval its ex-post-facto permission to the executing agency of Makeshift Covid-19 Hospital at Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri Government Medical College, Ner Chowk Mandi to include construction of one labour room and one operation theatre etc. to facilitate the people.

It also decided to open Health Sub Centre at Sartyaula in Mandi district alongwith creation of requisite posts to man the Sub Centre.

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Himachal’s Distressed Tourism Industry Stakeholders Write to CM Jairam Thakur, Seeks Financial Package

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Shimla-Tourism Industry Stake Holders Association on Friday wrote a letter to Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur seeking financial aid from the state government to save the industry amid COVID-19 resurgence. They also highlighted the shared plight of hotels and restaurants falling in debt and failing to provide for the expenses.

“Since the beginning of last year, hotel industry continues to take hits due to the coronavirus. A seven-to-eight-month long lockdown in the entire country affected industry stakeholders. Tourism industry appeared to have revived in the month of October and expectations were high for the next tourist season” the association said.

Several hoteliers and restaurants had spent on maintenance hoping for a good season this year. But since most of the states have now imposed lockdowns, all hopes were dashed to the ground and the industry is facing a huge financial crisis.

The tourism units are not able to pay the interest and EMI of loans raised by them due to loss faced by the industry for the consecutive second year. The stakeholders fearthat  the loan raised by them may slip to NPA

The Association said that hoteliers and businessmen involved in the hospitality industry did not receive any relief from the government and managed their units/services by spending from savings or by raising loans.

The units have somehow managed to pay salaries and other expenses for the April month, the association said, but expressed inability to do so for the May month as the working capital has dropped to zero.

Mohinder Seth, President, Tourism Industry Stake Holders Association, has written to the Ministry of Finance, Govt. of India and Governor, RBI, requesting for the deferment of loans and to save the loans from becoming NPA.

Seth has also requested the central government to provide Himachal Pradesh’s tourism industry with a financial package to deal with the devastation caused by the second wave of COVID-19.

“We support the measures taken by the government to break the chain of coronavirus. If the government plans on extending the lockdown to seventeen more days, we will support the decision because we understand the need to save people’s life is important. Similarly, it is important to save the industry – source of employment to lakhs of people. We request honorable CM to extend financial aid to the industry stakeholders,” Mohinder Seth concluded.

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