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Private Schools Forcing Parents to Deposit Fee Amid Curfew Ordered to Extend Last Dates                  

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Himachal 's private schools fee deposit date

Shimla-Private schools in Himachal Pradesh, especially in Shimla, already infamous for charging fees of various kinds at exorbitant rates, are again in news. This time, private schools were forcing parents to deposit fees by March 30, 2020, amid nation-wide lockdown and curfew in the State.

The parents were being asked to visit bank branches in curfew and deposit the fees.

Several parents wondered as to how it would be possible to get out of houses in curfew to deposit fee. Some of the parents were compelled to violate lockdown to deposit fees. The parents were requesting the government to intervene and direct schools to extend the dates.

Some of the parents talked to Himachal Watcher confirming this complaint. However, they were reluctant in giving the same statement on camera as they were afraid that their children would be later harassed by schools.

 

Surprisingly, these private temples of education also forgot to consider the purpose of the lockdown- to avoid social contact and prevent the spread of coronavirus pandemic. This indifference of private schools is certainly not in the best interest of the country in times when it’s fighting against a global crisis.

 On March 27, the Education Minister Suresh Bhardwaj asked the schools to stop forcing parents and extend dates of fee deposit.

Also, the Director of Higher Education, Himachal Pradesh, Dr Amarjeet Sharma, said that the department has decided to extend the last date of depositing school fees by 30th April 2020 without any late fee.

He said that the management of the concerned private schools would have to take appropriate decision/ action to intimate the parents of the students regarding this decision.

He said that it has come to the notice of the department that some private schools functioning in the state have fixed the last date for submission of school fees as of March 30th, 2020.

In view of the circumstances arising due to COVID-19, it is not possible for the parents to deposit the school fees by the said date, so it has been decided to extend the last date for depositing the fees, he said.

This order will be applicable in private schools affiliated to all boards functioning in the state, he made it clear.

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Himachal Pradesh: Read Curfew Relaxation Timings in All Districts

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Himachal pradesh Curfew relaxation timings

Shimla-New curfew rules came into effect from Monday. The District Administrations have issued notifications regarding rules in their respective districts and timings of the opening of shops. Only shops dealing with pubic ration, daily needs and essential commodities like food grains, groceries, fruits, vegetables, dairy products, meat and fish, animal feed, fodder, seeds, fertilizers and pesticides, optical shops and motor mechanics shops would be allowed to open for only three hours. The people and shopkeepers would have to adhere to Covid SoPs, the notifications said.

However, the new curfew rules in Himachal would not apply to pharmaceutical and medical stores that can operate as per usual timings. The government has also allowed construction in government and private sectors, but

Further, movement of all public stage and contract carriage is restricted except for essential services. The public transport would remain completely closed and private vehicles would only be allowed for medical and other emergencies, vaccination, testing and treatment of Covid-19, performance or delivery of essential, medical and public services.

Restaurants and dhabas along the national highways have been allowed to operate as per usual timing. However, dhaba/restaurant owners say it doesn’t make much difference as private and public transport is restricted and most decided to remain closed.

Further, industries in Baddi-Barotiwala-Nalagarh (BBN), Parwanoo, and Chambaghat would remain open. The workers would have to carry identity card that mentions their timings of their shifts. 

Timings for Opening of Shops in Himachal Pradesh

Kangra 8 am-11 am
Shimla 10 am -1 pm
Mandi 10 am -1 pm
Hamirpur 8 am-11 am
Solan 8 am-11 am
Bilaspur 8 am-11 am
Kullu 10 am -1 pm
Chamba 10 am -1 pm
Kinnaur 9 am – 12 pm
Una 8 am-11 am
Lahaul-Spiti 11 am- 2 pm
Sirmaur 8 am – 11am
   

 

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Himachal: Covid Claims 55 Patients, 3,093 New Cases in 24-Hours; Sharp Decline in Testing

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Shimla-In the last 24-hours, Himachal Pradesh has reported 55 deaths due to coronavirus and 3,093 new cases of the infection. The state has now reported 1,31,423 cases of Covid-19 till now while the total death toll has reached 1,872.

Thee deceased aged between 28-86 years. The 28-year-old  male from Solan district had no comorbidity and the reason for the death was cited to be ‘Severe COVID disease’. At least 13 deceased persons were aged below 50 years. Further, according to the official statistics, as many as 32 (58 %) of these deceased had no comorbidity. This constant spike in fatality rate among those without comorbidities has become a matter of concern.  

On Sunday, the highest fatalities were reported from Kangra district with 15 deaths, followed by Shimla that reported nine deaths, and Mandi, where seven Covid patients succumbed to severe symptoms.

View the District-wise Details of all COVID-19 Cases for May 9, 2021 (Till 7 pm) Below:

daily cases in himachal may 8

Source: HP NHM

On Saturday, 15,253 Covid samples were taken from across the state. But, with just 9,367 samplings on Sunday, Covid testing across the state witnessed a sharp decline from previous days. Out of this 3,695 test results are awaited. Considering the number of tests conducted, over 33 percent of samples were found to be positive – a very high rate.

This comes at a time when the virus is spreading at a faster rate as the R-naught value of Covid has sharply increased. Contrary to the expectation to see an increase in the testing, the sampling either remains stagnant or keeps decreasing now and then.

Meanwhile, the state is preparing to impose a stricter curfew across the state from May 10. The curfew will come in effect from Monday at 6 am and will remain in force till May 17. The week-long corona curfew is intended to break the chain of the virus as health infrastructure overwhelms with the rising number of cases.

Further, there are a total of 25 dedicated Covid hospitals across the state, with 2,059 beds. Out of these,  only 1,821 ICU beds are available with oxygen support. As of Sunday, only 377 ICU beds with oxygen support are reported to be vacant according to official data issued by the state government.

View the District-wise Details of all COVID-19 Deaths for May 9, 2021 (Till 7 pm) Below:

hp govt covid-19 deaths data may 8

Source: HP NHM

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Oxygen Plants in Chamba, Hamirpur Operational, Two Make-Shift Hospitals Under-Construction: HP Govt

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Shimla-A Make-Shift Hospital for corona patients was being constructed at Bhangrotu in Mandi district, and the state government claims that it is almost ready and the testing process regarding oxygen supply was in the final stage. This Hospital would have a facility of 90 oxygenated beds with a system of central oxygen supply and an ICU facility for critically ill patients, the state government claimed.  

Another 200 bedded Make Shift Hospital would be coming up at Khaliyar, near Mandi, within a week, it claimed.  All the 200 beds in this hospital would be supplied oxygen through the Central Oxygen facility, the government said.

HP Govt make-shift hospitals

The government also claimed that the facility of oxygenated beds has been increased from 120 beds to 220 in Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri Government Medical College and Hospital Nerchowk and efforts were being made to increase it further to 300 beds. There are 40 oxygenated beds in BBMB Hospital Sundernagar, 50 beds in Mother and Child Hospital Sundernagar and the number of oxygenated beds in the Civil Hospital Ratti has been increased from 25 to 45 beds, the government claimed.

HP Govt Inaugurates Oxygen Plants at Chamba and Hamirpur

The HP government also inaugurated Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) Oxygen Plants at Dr Radhakrishanan Government Medical College Hamirpur and Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru Government Medical College Chamba on Sunday. The plant at Chamba has a capacity of 400 PLM and the one at Hamirpur has a capacity of 300 PLM.  

The state government said that it has taken up the matter of increasing the oxygen quota for the State from the existing 15 MT to 30 MT with the Union Government. The Centre Government has already sanctioned 13 oxygen plants for the State, it said. Out of the seven plants sanctioned earlier, six plants have been established at Dharamshala, Mandi, Shimla, Chamba, Nahan, Hamirpur and the one at Tanda would be completed soon, the state government claimed.

The government also claimed that six Oxygen plants sanctioned for the State recently by the Union Government would be set up at Civil Hospital Palampur in Kangra district, Zonal Hospital Mandi, Civil Hospital Rohru and Civil Hospital Khaneri in Shimla district, Dr. Yashwant Singh Parmar Government Medical College and Hospital Nahan in Sirmaur district and Regional Hospital Solan.

The government said that the PSA plant at Hamirpur is expected to supply oxygen to a 30-bedded fully dedicated Covid ward established in Dr RKGMC Hamirpur at a cost of about Rs 1  crore.

 

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