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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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HP Bypolls 2021 Schedule Issued, Model Code of Conduct Comes Into Force in State

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Shimla-The Schedule for by-elections to Parliamentary Constituency and three Legislative Assembly Constituencies of Himachal Pradesh has been issued by the Indian Election Commission. With the announcement of this schedule, the Model Code of Conduct has come into effect in eight districts of Himachal Pradesh.  As per the schedule, the entire process of elections would be completed by November 5, 2021.

The schedule would remain the same for bypolls to Parliamentary Constituency and three Legislative Constituencies.

These include Mandi Parliamentary Constituency, which got vacant after MP Ram Swaroop Sharma reportedly committed suicide and three Legislative Assembly Constituencies – Fatehpur (08), Jubbal Kotkhai (65), and Arki (50).

HP Bypolls 2021 Schedule

  1. Notification – October 1, 2021
  2. Last Date of Nominations -October 8, 2021
  3. Date for Scrutiny of Nominations – October 11, 2021 
  4. Last Date for Withdrawal of candidatures -October 13, 2021
  5. Date of Poll -October 30, 2021
  6. Date of Counting – November 2, 2021 

The entire process for the elections would be completed by November 5, 2021.

The Commission said it has reviewed the situations related to the pandemic, flood, festivals, cold conditions in certain regions, feedback from concerned States/UT and taken into consideration all facts and circumstances before announcing the schedule for bypolls.

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Kullu Dussehra 2021: All Religious Ceremonies to be Allowed, But No Commercial and Cultural Events

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Shimla-The International Kullu Dussehra would be organised from 15th October to 21st October, 2021, the Himachal Pradesh Government informed today after holding a meeting regarding the same.

The HP Government has decided that all deities would be invited for the Dussehra festival. Orgnaization of all religious ceremonies would be allowed traditionally, but the cultural and commercial activities would not be held.

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur presided over meeting of State Level Kullu Dussehra Committee. Directions were given to ensure proper security system, uninterrupted electricity supply and adherence of Covid-19 guidelines.

It was also decided in the meeting that Language, Art and Culture Department would provide an additional amount of Rs. 10 lakh to district administration Kullu for organising Kullu Dussehra festival.

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HP Cabinet Decisions Sept 24: Approval to Open Schools from 27 Sept,  Fill 8,000 Posts, Changes in Transfer Policy of JBT, C, and V Teachers

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Shimla-Himachal Pradesh Cabinet, in a meeting held today, has decided to open schools from September 27 for the students of 9th to 12th classes. The students of class 10th and 12th would attend schools on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, whereas students of class 9th and 11th would attend schools on Thursday, Friday and Saturday in a week. Online classes and examinations will continue for classes upto 8th standard.  

Further, the HP Cabinet also decided to create and fill up 8000 posts of Multi-Task Workers in the educational institutions under the Higher and Elementary Departments as per the provisions of the Part-Time Multi-Task Workers Policy 2020. As per the policy, these Multi-Task Workers would be provided with a consolidated honorarium of Rs. 5625 per month for 10 months in one academic year.

The Cabinet decided to amend the transfer policy for inter-district transfer of JBT and C and V teachers in the State by reducing the existing tenure from 13 years to five years, including the contract period, for transfer to another district and also increase the quota from existing 3% to 5%.

It also decided to enhance the honorarium of IT teachers outsourced in various educational institutions in the State by Rs. 500 per month from April 1st, 2021.

It also gave its approval for renaming Forest Training Institute and Rangers College Sundernagar as Himachal Pradesh Forest Academy.

The HP Cabinet gave its consent to draft a proposal for the Customised Package of Incentives for Mega Industrial Projects in the State under Himachal Pradesh Industrial Investment Policy and Rules -2019.

It gave its approval for filling up 20 posts of Naib Tehsildar in the Revenue Department through direct recruitment on regular basis.

It also gave its approval to the policy of replacement/maintenance of damaged crash barriers in the State.

It also decided to rename Himachal Grihini Suvidha Yojna as Mukhyamantri Grihini Suvidha Yojna.

It also decided to rename Himachal Health Care Yojna- Himcare as Mukhyamantri Himachal Health Care Yojna-Himcare.

The Cabinet gave its nod to rename Sahara Yojna as Mukhyamantri Sahara Yojna.

The Cabinet gave its consent to create and fill up 10 posts of different categories in Himachal Pradesh Staff Selection Commission, Hamirpur for its smooth functioning.

The Cabinet decided to upgrade Primary Health Centre Swarghat in Bilaspur district to Community Health Centre along with the creation of requisite posts.

It also decided to upgrade Primary Health Centre Gadsa in Banjar area of Kullu district to Community Health Centre along with creation of requisite posts to man this health institution. 

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