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COVID-19 in Himachal: Statewide Curfew Declared

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Shimla-A curfew has been imposed in entire Himachal Pradesh by the State Government in wake of coronavirus pandemic. The curfew will come into force from 5 pm today.

This was decided in the meeting presided over by the Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur with the Ministers and Officers of the state government to reviewed the overall situation of the state. 

The Chief Minister Jairam Thakur said that the decision has been taken because a section of citizens was still not taking the outbreak seriously and was not supporting the statewide lockdown. Such irresponsible behavior would only worsen the outbreak.

“No person shall leave his/her home or shall move on foot or by vehicle or travel or stand or roam around on any road or public places (except for emergency medical aid. Further, any assembly of five or more persons shall not be allowed,”

the notification said.  

“Violation of this order shall attract provisions of Section 188 of IPC and the violator can be prosecuted under Section 269 and 279 of IPC which provide for imprisonment for 6 months or with a fine of both and imprisonment which may extend upto two years or fine respectively,”

the notification further said.  

The Executive Magistrates and Police Officials have been directed to ensure compliance in their respective districts.

The decision to impose curfew followed the first death due to COVID-19 on March 23th at Tanda Medical College. The deceased was a Tibetan national who had recently returned from USA. With its first death, Himachal Pradesh has reported three positive cases of COVID-19 infection.

The public will be informed regarding timings of relaxation in curfew, the Chief Minister said. 

The Chief Minister said that the government will ensure availability of essential commodities. For this purpose, district level coordination committee has been constituted at the district level for coordination with the district administration, so that the people of the State does not face any inconvenience.

Chief Minister directed the officers to ensure availability of essential commodities in the State, besides ensuring that the people of the State does not face any inconvenience due to the curfew imposed in order to check spread of Corona Virus in the State. He said that effective steps were being taken to check hoarding of essential commodities in the State.

He said that Speaker Vidhan Sabha Vipin Singh Parmar would lead District level Committee for Kangra District,  Jal Shakti Minister Mahender Singh for Mandi district, Education Minister Suresh Bhardwaj for Shimla and Kinnaur  district, Urban Development Minister Sarveen Chaudhary for Bilaspur District, Agriculture Minister Dr. Ramlal Markanda for Lahaul and Spiti District, Rural Development Minister Virender Kanwar for Una district, Industries Minister Bikram Singh for Hamirpur district, Forest Minister Govind Thakur for Kullu district, Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Dr. Rajiv Saizal for Solan district, Deputy Speaker Hansraj for Chamba district and former Speaker Vidhan Sabha Dr. Rajiv Bindal for Sirmour district.

Jal Shakti Minister Mahender Singh Thakur,  Education Minister Suresh Bhardwaj, Speaker State Vidhan Sabha Vipin Singh Parmar, Forest Minister Govind Thakur, Chief Secretary Anil Khachi, Advocate General Ashok Sharma,  Additional Chief Secretary Health R.D. Dhiman, Additional Chief Secretary Industries Manoj Kumar, Director General of Police S.R. Mardi, Principal Secretary PWD Secretary J.C. Sharma,  Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister Sanjay Kundu, Secretary GAD Devesh Kumar and Secretary Food and Civil Supplies Amitabh Awasthi were present in the meeting.

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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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PPE Kits Prepared by Himachal’s Self-Help Groups Cost Only Rs 700: Govt

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Shimla- As the World is struggling in its fight against COVID-19, availability of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) kits for health professionals has also become a matter of prime concern. In this hour distress, Self Help Groups in Himachal Pradesh working under the Rural Livelihood Mission have geared up to meet the demand, the State Government Claimed today.  

Director of Rural Development and State Head Livelihood Mission Lalit Jain said that the Personal Protection Equipment kit prepared by SHGs would cost Rs. 700 and three SHGs have been trained so far with a capacity of 100 kits per day, he added. 

Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister Virender Kanwar said that more than 50 Self Help Groups (SHGs) in the State were preparing and producing about 15000 masks everyday to give a helping hand in the fight against COVID-19. He said that 2000 women were involved in this task through various SHGs.

He said that about one lakh masks have been provided to various departments and organizations. The task of producing masks was being done on a war footing, he added.

He said that 3000 women farmers were being encouraged to develop kitchen gardens by utilizing minimum land so that fresh vegetables could be produced. He said that 11 young professionals have been given responsibility for guiding these women farmers and to ensure the marketing of their produce so that they could get a fair price. 

He claimed that an SHG in Sirmaur district has successfully prepared a sanitizer, which costs Rupees one hundred per 200 ml. He said that stress is being laid to train more SHGs to produce more masks.

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 COVID-19 Himahcal: Govt to Launch Extensive Campaign for Tablighi Jamaat Contact Mapping

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Shimla-For contact mapping of Tablighi Jamaat coronavirus infected persons in Himachal Pradesh, the State Government is launching an extensive campaign. The Chief Minister Jairam Thakur said that due to those who have symptoms of the infection and those having any connection with Nizamuddin Tablighi Jamaat of Delhi besides their close contacts, figure of coronavirus is increasing day by day sharply in the country as well as in the State.

The Deputy Commissioners, Superintendents of Police and Chief Medical Officers of the State have already been directed to launch this campaign. Such persons, if found, would be kept in quarantine till they are not medically examined. 

Chief Minister Jairam Thakur urged the people to come forward to identify such people in their areas to check further spread of coronavirus.  He said that the State Government would not hesitate in taking strict action against those who would conceal information about their travel history and those who give shelter to them. 

Other than that Hospital Katha in Baddi area of Solan district has been notified as Hospital for treatment of COVID-19 positive patients. Patients from Solan and Sirmaur districts would be treated in this hospital.

He also claimed said that the State Government had started tele-medicine consultancy facilities in Health and Wellness centres to facilitate the people in getting treatment advise from specialists.

Chief Minister said that no laxity should be permitted in curfew.  He said that vehicles must also be restricted besides ensuring that people do not step out un-necessarily during the relaxation of curfew.  

COVID-19 Himachal Update

As of now, the Department of Health and Family Welfare confirmed that as many as 4855 persons have been kept under surveillance for coronavirus in the State. Out of it, 2387 persons have completed a surveillance period of 28 days. Today, a total of 128 samples were tested, out of which 126 have tested negative. Report of the remaining two is awaited. 

So far, the Department confirmed, 662 persons have been tested in the State for coronavirus. Report of 27 has been confirmed as positive cases. The State has reported one death, migration of four patients, and recovery of two persons. With this, the number of active cases of COVID-19 in Himachal is 20.

Four of the 27 cases have been reported from Chamba district, four from Kangra, seven from Solan, and 12 from Una district.

 

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