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Himachal to Buy 100 Electric Buses and Hike Salary of HRTC Drivers

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HRTC Driver salaries hiked

Shimla-Transport Minister Govind Singh Thakur on March 17, 2020, presided over the Board of Directors meeting of Himachal Road Transport Corporation in which several decisions were taken.

A decision has been taken to enhance the salary of working drivers of the corporation by Rs. 7700 to Rs. 8310. Now, the monthly salary of the drivers would be Rs. 11,310.

Besides, the decision has been made to provide four percent interim relief to the pensioners of the corporation from April 2020 besides releasing the arear of DA due from May 2015 to May 2016. 

A decision was taken to increase the grade pay of contractual employees from 100 to 125 percent. A proposal to increase reservation under kith and kin employment policy from five percent to 10 percent has been made which would be taken up in the next cabinet meeting. It has been decided to give priority in employment to the kin of those who die while on duty. 

Approval was given to provide wages to part time and daily wage workers at par with the employees of the state government. The discussion was also held on providing the facility of accident policy to the drivers and conductors of the corporation and it was decided that proposals would be invited in this regard from various service providers within two weeks.

It was approved that the Corporation would enhance the share to its employees upto to 14 percent under the New Pension Scheme on the analogy of the state government.

 It was decided that the Corporation will purchase 100 electric buses with the financial assistance of the government of India and 267 other buses with assistance from the state government. The pending leave encashment of the pensioners will be released for which a provision of rupees seven crores has been made.

Vice-Chairperson of the Corporation Vijay Agnihotri, Principal Secretary J.C Sharma, and Managing Director Sandeep Bhatnagar were also present in the meeting.

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COVID-19: Himachal Crosses 200 Mark as 18 More Test Positive  

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COVID-19 cases in Himachal Pradesh on may 24

Shimla– On Sunday, Himachal Pradesh reported 18 new COVID-19 positive cases from different districts. According to the official statistics released by the health department on May 24, 2020, the total for the State had risen to 203 from yesterday’s 185.

Una district reported six cases including a home-guard personal was also tested positive. They had recently returned from Mumbai and Delhi.

Kangra reported two cases from Panchrukhi area, while Chamba, Bilaspur, Solan and Mandi reported one case each. Hamirpur reported two cases.

District-Wise COVID-19 Cases Till May 24, 2020 (9:00 PM)

HP District wise cases on May 24, 2020

In Mandi, a 19-year-old girl was tested positive. She had returned from Mumbai and was under institutional quarantine in Sandhol.

The person tested positive in Chamba has also returned from Mumbai.

Details of some of the patients were not available.

Further, four people have recovered. As of now, the State has 137 active cases. 

Daily COVID-19 Data of Himachal Pradesh on may 24

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News of Sealing Himachal’s Borders from May 31st  Fake, Movement of People to Continue: Govt

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Fake News of sealing of Himachal borders from may 31

Shimla- A news item is being circulated in the social media claiming that borders of the Himachal Pradesh would be sealed from 31st May 2020 and the people coming from other parts of the country would be kept in institutional quarantine at borders.

Some of the mainstream media has also been mentioning that the Chief Minister has hinted at sealing State borders from May 31st, which caused panic and unrest among people stranded in other states. In a haste, they began to arrange transportation before May 31st.

However, it’s just a fake news. An official spokesman of the state government confirmed today that this news is false, fabricated and devoid of facts.

The Spokesman said that there will be no sealing of borders of the State and movement of the people would continue but passes will be required as per current practice for all inter-state movement of persons and vehicles.

The state government has urged the people not to trust such fake news and there is no need for panic as the State has no such plans.

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Barber Shops/Saloons in Shimla Allowed to Open, List of Several Mandatory Conditions Issued With Strict Directions

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Guidelines for Barbaer shops in Himachal Pradesh 2

Shimla-As a relief to barbers and saloons in Himachal Pradesh, the State Cabinet on May 23 decided to allow them to open from Monday onwards on several conditions. In this regard, the District Administration, Shimla, has already issued several mandatory guidelines under the Section 34 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, which the staff at barber shops/saloons would have to follow while providing service to customers.  Any violation of these guidelines would be punishable as per the laws.  Also, training was given to over 150 stylists/barbers in the district on what to do and what not during delivering services.

First of all, shops/salons would have to give an undertaking to the DC stating that they do not have any flu-like symptoms, have no travel history during the last 14 days, and did not come in contact with a COVID-19 positive person.

The hair-dressers would be allowed to give a hair cut only. Shaving, threading, etc. would not be permitted.

Every service provider will have to register each and every customer in a format provided by the District Administration. The staff will have to obtain information regarding every customer including name, age, gender, address, mobile number, and status of installation of Arogya Setu app, symptoms of flu with the date and registration number.

Customers with cough, fever or symptoms of breathing problems won’t be allowed to avail services of astylist/barber. Similarly, the staff showing the same symptoms is not allowed to provide service.

While it would be mandatory for a customer to wear a triple-layered mask, the stylist/barber would have to wear disposable cap and gloves in addition to a triple-layered mask.

Hand sanitizer containing at least 70 percent alcohol should be available at shops/saloons and hands of every customer would have to be sanitized on entry.  

Barbers/stylist can only use disposable towel/gowns or apron, and gloves. They would have to discard them after use and wear new ones. Staff would have to open the packaging of a new apron in the presence of a customer.

After serving a customer, the shops/saloons would have to sanitize every tool/device used and door handles, service counter, chairs, railings and everything that comes in contact with a customer. They will have to wipe floors twice in day–in the morning and evening-with a sanitizer containing at least one percent sodium hydrochloride or lizol. After using them every time, tools must be first washed and then sanitized with a sanitizer containing 70 percent alcohol.  

Staff can’t use tools/devices like hairdryer trimmer etc. which can’t be washed and sanitized.

The staff has been asked to refrain from walk-in service to prevent gathering to ensure social distancing. The customers will have to book an appointment online or telepathically. The owners would have to display phone/WhatsApp numbers outside their shops/saloons.

Only one customer would be allowed to enter at a time unless there are six or more chairs in a saloon.

There would be no waiting area and magazines, newspapers or other reading material. The staff has been directed to keep the conversation with customers to the minimum. Also, they can only converse while looking in the mirror and not directly.

Further, barbers/stylists would have to stick to the rate list with fixed charges for a service.

Further, the officials of the district administration have been asked to monitor the functioning of such shops/saloons and file a report daily. It is to be seen as to how the district administration makes barbers/saloons follow this long list of mandatory conditions. 

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