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COVID-19: Lockdown in Himachal Pradesh Till Further Orders

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Shimla– Himachal Pradesh Government today declared a complete lockdown till further orders in the State in view of COVID-19 threat. Except for essential services, everything will be shut down, declared the Chief Minister Jairam Thakur in Assembly. He said there is no need to panic as this decision has been taken only as a precautionary measure to prevent spread of coronavirus pandemic in the State. 

All transportation services including public and private vehicles except on some special routes will remain suspended till March 31st, 2020. The people will have to remain at their homes and will only be allowed to leave home in emergency conditions.

As per the notification, all interstate and intrastate movement of public and private stage and contract carriage including taxies, autorickshaws etc are prohibited. There will be a total prohibition on movement or plying of trains and commercial aircraft. The private vehicles will be plied only if essentially required for visiting hospitals and for availing/maintenance of essential services. Goods carriage vehicles will be allowed to ply.

All shops, commercial establishments, factories, workshops, godown etc. will have to close their operation. However, shops or stores selling groceries, milk, bread, fruit, vegetable, meat, fish and other uncooked food items and their transportation-related activities and warehousing will remain operational.

Hospitals, chemists stores, optical stores, pharmaceutical and soap manufacturing units and their ancillaries together with transportation activities will also remain operational. Besides, petrol pumps, LPG gas, oil agencies, their godowns and their transportation services will remain operational.

E-commerce (delivery of all essential goods including food, pharmaceuticals and medical equipments will be allowed. Production and manufacturing units which require continuous process may continue to function, after obtaining the required permission from the Deputy Commissioner and following all precautionary protocols as notified by the Health Department. Units manufacturing alcohol for medicine/sanitizers will be subject to following all precautionary protocols as notified.  

All foreign returnees, who have landed in India on or after March 9th, 2020, will have to observe a strict home quarantine. All such foreign returnees will have to notify the district surveillance officer of the concerned district and Toll-Free number 104 and register themselves for home quarantine. Any offence or failure to comply with these guidelines will attract legal action.

The people will have to stay at home and come out only for basic purposes like a visit to grocery, vegetable shops, chemists etc. and for essential and permitted work-related travel only and that too while strictly following social distancing guidelines issued from time to time. No social, cultural, sports, political, religious, academic, family or any kind of mass gathering will not be allowed under no circumstances.

As per the notification, the functioning of all Government offices will be regulated under the order issued on March 21st except for offices charged with law and order and magisterial duties, police, armed forces, and central para-military forces, health, treasury, urban local bodies and rural development, fire, electricity, water and municipal services, banks/ATM, print, electronic and social media, telecom and internet services including IT&ITeS, postal services, supply chain and related transportation.

Further, any other service which the Deputy Commissioner of the concerned district deems to be essential.

All the staff in the above-mentioned departments will not be given leave and already sanctioned leaves have been cancelled. Leave on medical grounds will be admissible only if certified by the District Medical Board.

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Pics of This Policeman Are Making HP Police Deptt Proud, Melting Hearts

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Policeman in Chail solan helping elderly during curfew

Solan-Pictures of a policeman approaching an elderly woman and later carrying a heavy bundle of fodder for her are making Himachal Pradesh Police proud. This policeman is being applauded by not only the people but also by his department. 

The pictures are taken in Chail area of the district where an elderly lady was carrying fodder for livestock from jungle during the relaxation period in curfew.

Head Constable Jasvir Singh Chail Solan

On seeing the elderly lady struggling with a bundle of fodder (green tree-leaves), which appeared to be heavy for her, an on-duty policeman carried the bundle on his back for her.

HP Police Helping People During COVID-19 Curfew

A resident of Kunihar in Solan district posted these pictures on his social media handle. He recognized this policeman as Head-Constable Jasvir Singh, who was also his classmate 17 years ago.

policeman in himachal helping old lady

We don’t know about this policeman in his personal life, but a mention of this gesture is important if seen symbolically in context to the police-citizens relationship.

This compassionate gesture of a policeman, in a time when the police is enforcing curfew and mostly seen dealing strictly with people to make them comply with the law, is melting hearts.

Visuals of people either being beaten or punished physically for breaking curfew did attract criticism not only from the people but also from the DGP SR Mardi.

However, the same policemen are also going a step ahead to help people in various ways during the COVID-19 crisis. In various districts, there are instances where policemen are even spending from their own pockets to help the needy around them. Perhaps, pictures of all of them won’t appear on social media but good policemen are there helping people while discharging their duty. 

These pictures remind us that policemen aren’t devoid of emotion and compassion.  Therefore it becomes duty of every citizen to support the police and make its job of maintaining law and order easier.

 

..SABHI POLICE KI VERDI WALE BURE INSAN NAHI HOTEInka naam mr.jasvir singh hai.mere shehar.(KUNHAR) ke nazdeek…

Posted by Sunny Shandil on Wednesday, 8 April 2020

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Rs. 1 Crore to HP Police Department for PPE and N95 Masks

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HP Police PPE kits and masks

Shimla-Himachal Pradesh Government on Saturday sanctioned rupees one crore (Rs. 50 lakhs from HP COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund and Rs. 50 lakhs from State Disaster Response Fund) to Police Department for purchase of high-risk Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) kits and N-95 masks for police personnel of the State in the wake of pandemic COVID-19.

HPSEB Contributed 1.97 crore Towards Chief Minister Relief Fund

On behalf of officers and officials of H.P. State Electricity Board Limited, the Chairman of the Board, Ram Subhag Singh, contributed Rs. 1.97 crore towards Chief Minister Relief Fund on Saturday.

Chief Minister again made a fervent appeal to the people for the generous donation towards this Fund so that needy people could be benefited.

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17 People of Himachal Visited COVID-19 Hotspot Nizamuddin in Delhi: HP Govt

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Himachali's at Nizamuddin, Delhi

Shimla-Himachal Pradesh Government on Tuesday confirmed that as many as 17 people of the State were on the religious congregation at Delhi Nijamuddeen. All of them are under 14 days surveillance of Delhi Government at New Delhi and till now they have no symptoms of COVID-19.

These persons belong to Chamba, Sirmaur, and Kullu districts.

This large religious gathering at Delhi’s Nizamuddin has emerged as a virus hotspot with links to seven COVID-19 deaths. Among those who had attended the gathering, 50 have tested positive in Tamil Nadu, 24 in Delhi, 21 in Telangana, 18 in Andhra Pradesh, 10 in Andamans and one each in Assam and Kashmir after attending the gathering. 

Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) shared details of foreign and Indian Tabhlig Jamaat (TJ) workers in India with all States on March 21, 2020, after COVID-19 positive cases among these workers surfaced in Telangana.

All the Tabligh Jamaat workers staying at Hazrat Nizamuddin Markaz are being medically screened since March 26. So far, 1203 Tabligh Jamaat workers have been medically screened.  Over 300 of them had symptoms of COVID-19 and were referred to different hospitals in Delhi.

Various nationals, particularly from Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Nepal, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Kyrgyzstan had come for Tabligh activities.

Meanwhile, So far, 1339 Tabligh Jamaat workers have been shifted to Narela, Sultanpuri and Bakkarwala quarantine facilities as well as to LNJP, RGSS, GTB, DDU Hospitals and AllMS, Jhajjar. Rest of them are being currently medically screened for COVID-19 infections. No new case has been reported in Himachal. 

Usually, all the foreign nationals visiting India as a part of Tabligh team come on the strength of a tourist visa. MHA had already issued guidelines that they should not indulge in missionary work on a tourist visa. State Police would be examining categories of visas of all these foreign TJ workers and take further action in case of violation of visa conditions.

BACKGROUND

Tabligh Jamaat Headquarter (Markaz) is located in Nizamuddin, Delhi. Devout Muslims from across the country and also from foreign countries visit the Markaz for religious purpose. Some also move out in groups to different parts of the country for Tabligh activities. This is a continuous process throughout the year.

On March 21, approximately 824 foreign Tabligh Jamaat workers were in different parts of the country for missionary work. Besides, around 216 foreign nationals were staying in the Markaz. Besides, over 1500 Indian TJ workers were also staying in the Markaz while around 2100 Indian TJ workers were touring different parts of the country for missionary work. Since March 23, the lockdown has been strictly imposed by State authorities/police across Delhi including in and around Nizamuddin and Tabligh work came to a halt.

As of now, nearly 1400 confirmed cases and 35 deaths have been reported. During the last 24 hours, 227 new confirmed cases and 3 new deaths have been reported.

 

 

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