Shimla-The Deputy Commissioner of Shimla, Amit Kashyap, on Sunday, issued a fresh notification regarding the opening of shops in the entire territorial area of district Shimla from May 4th onwards.
As per the notification, all shops in the district except barber shops, hair saloons, spas, bars and ahatas have been allowed to open for five hours between 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM.
Since many markets are very congested, it is imperative to regulate their opening so as to ensure social distancing. Therefore, the opening of the following markets is to be regulated as under and all other shop, markets which are not in the list below, are allowed to open every day from Monday to Saturday.
Sub-Division Shimla (Urban):
- Mall Road: All shops on Mall Road will open every day between Monday to Saturday.
- Lower Bazar Market: Shops located in Lower Bazar Market are classified as per their location i.e (i) Mountain Side (ii) Valley Side %. The Shops located on the mountain side will open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and all shops located on valley side will remain open on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Shops falling on stairs leading from the Mall Road to Lower Bazar will be considered on the mountain side.
- Sanjauli: Sanjauli market will be divided into two parts- Dhingu Mandir side and valley side. Shops on Dhingu Mandir side will open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and the shops on the valley side of Gurudwara will open on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
- Lakkar Bazar: Shops towards the mountain side will remain open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and Shops on valley side will open on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Shops located on left side of the road from Lakkar Bazar to Auckland School via Hotel White are also to open on Monday, Wednesday & Friday and shops on fight side to open on Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday.
- Chhotta Shimla: While moving from Chhotta Shimla towards Kasumpti, all shops located on the left side of the road except Babu Ram Market will remain open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and shops on the right side will open on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
- Khalini: Shops located on the left side of the road while going from Khalini Chowk by-pass, will remain open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and shops on the right side will remain open on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.
Sub-Division Shimla (Rural)
The shops in Kasumpti Bazaar located on the left side while going from Laxmi Narayan Mandir towards Chhotta Shimla will open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and shops on the right side will remain open on Tuesday. Thursday & Saturday.
In MC area Theog in Shalli Bazaar, taking entry point from Shimla towards Rampur NH-05 as a reference point, all shops on the left side will remain open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and all shops on the right side are allowed to remain open on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
In all vertical streets while entering from NH- 05 towards Satluj river, all shops on the right side will open on every Monday, Wednesday and Friday and shops on left side shall open on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. In all parallel streets, starting point shall be from Indira Market/Choudhary Adda towards Combined Office building / Municipal Council Office to ascertain right and left side.
In Nerwa Bazaar, the shops on river side will remain open on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and the shops on the other side would remain open on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.
In MC Area Rohru, taking entry point from Theog Hatkoti Road as a reference point, all shops on the left side will remain open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and all shops on the right side will open on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
Directions to be followed by the shop keepers and to be ensured by police
- Use of mask/ face cover is mandatory for all
- Social distancing shall be maintained strictly. Circles will be marked in front of the shops for the buyers/ customers to stand to ensure the same.
- Proper measures for sanitization of shops as per prescribed norms will be ensured by the shop keepers. Hand sanitizers shall be available in all shops for the customers/ buyers.
- The dhabas and halwai/ sweet shops/ restaurants are allowed to open to operate only for takeaway food/ items subject to compliance of all social distancing and other safety norms. No eating/ sitting/ service on the premises will be permitted.
- All shops in the district shall remain closed on Sunday.
- Persons above 65 years of age, persons with co-morbidities, pregnant women, and children below the age of 10 years, shall stay at home, except for meeting essential requirements and for health purpose, as per the National Directives.
- The persons put under Home Quarantine, if found violating any condition of Home Quarantine or found in the market/ shops, will be put in Institutional Quarantine and also prosecuted as per law. Violation of this order shall attract provisions of Sections 188, 269, 270 and 271 of IPC and all other relevant provisions of law and the violators shall be prosecuted accordingly.
Note: The notification was published as it was received from the district administration except for the title
HP Govt Employees to Get Higher Pay Scale on Completion of Two Years of Service: CM Jairam
Shimla-Himachal Pradesh Government employees working in different departments before January 3, 2022, would be given a higher scale at par with other employees on completion of two years tenure of regular service. A higher pay scale was also announced for the Junior Office Assistants (IT) on completion of two years of regular service.
Chief Minister Jairam Thakur made these announcements during the Karamchari Maha Sammelan of the Himachal Pradesh Non-Gazetted Employees Federation at the hotel Peterhof on Sunday.
He appreciated the role played by the employee especially frontline workers in the battle against the pandemic.
He said most of the government employees in the state have been given revised pay scales and on average, every employee has got the benefit of a 12 to 15 percent salary hike. There has also been an increase in the pension of about 1.50 lakh pensioners of the state. The financial benefits of Rs. 7801 crore have been given to state government employees and pensioners from the year 2018 to 2022. The pensioners who retired before 2016 are getting the benefit of a 15 to 20 percent increase in the pension while around 40 thousand pensioners who retired after 2016 would be benefitted soon, he said.
He said the daily wages were Rs. 210 in the year 2017 which has been increased by the present state government to Rs. 350. Similarly, 12 per cent interim relief annually has been provided to government employees and pensioners during the present government’s tenure. He said the Himachal government has provided Dearness Allowance to its employees and pensioners on the lines of Punjab and Central governments from the due date. The Punjab government has given only 5 percent interim relief to the employees while the Himachal government has provided 21 percent interim relief to its employees.
“Out of the total interim relief amount given to the employees and pensioners amounting to about Rs. 6500 crore, Rs. 3500 crore has been paid during the tenure of our government” added the Chief Minister.
He said that the state government has increased the government contribution for NPS employees from 10 percent to 14 percent benefitting more than one lakh employees. The NPS employees are being given the benefits of retirement and death gratuity at par with employees falling under the old pension scheme. The government has also increased the upper limit of death gratuity from Rs. 10 lakh to Rs. 20 lakh.
The Chief Minister said the state government has also increased the honorarium of para-workers working in various departments. The salary of outsource workers has been hiked by Rs 1,500 per month.
Non-Gazetted Employees Federation President Ashwani Thakur thanked the Chief Minister for providing various financial and other benefits to different categories of government employees.
Most Covid Restrictions to be Lifted From March 31, Mask and Hand Hygiene to Continue
New Delhi-The Centre has issued a notification to the States informing that the provisions of the Disaster Management (DM) Act, 2005 will not be invoked in the country after March 31. The Union Health Ministry said that the use of face masks and following hand hygiene will continue.
It implies that most of the Covid-related rules and restrictions would end.
Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla issued the notification which said that the decision was taken following the overall improvement in the situation and the preparedness of the government in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, local authorities and State police can still invoke fines and criminal cases against persons violating COVID-19 norms under the Indian Penal Code (IPC), a senior government official said.
The DM Act was invoked on March 24, 2020, due to the pandemic
“Over the last seven weeks or so there has been a steep decline in the number of cases. The total caseload in the country stands at 23,913 only and the daily positivity rate has declined to 0.28%. It is also worth mentioning that with the combined efforts, a total of 181.56 Cr vaccine doses have been administered,” the notification said.
“I would like to mention that in view of the nature of the disease, we still need to remain watchful of the situation. Wherever any surge in the number of cases is observed, the States/UTs may consider taking prompt and proactive action at a local level, as advised by MoHFW (Health Ministry) from time to time,” the notification said.
The Indian government had issued various guidelines and measures for the first time on March 24, 2020, under the Disaster Management Act to curb the COVID-19 situation in the country, which have been modified several times thereafter.
India currently has 23,087 active COVID-19 cases and recorded 1,778 new cases and 62 deaths in the last 24 hours. The daily positivity rate has also declined to 0.28%.
HP Cabinet Decisions: Country Liquor Made Cheaper in New Excise Policy, Read All Decisions
Shimla-A meeting of the Himachal Pradesh Cabinet was held on March 20, 2022, under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur.
The excise policy for the financial year 2022-23 was approved. Approval was also given for the renewal of retail excise vends in the state for the financial year 2022-23 at the renewal fees of 4% of the value of unit/vend.
The State Government said that wants to enhance the government revenue and curb the smuggling of country liquor from the neighbouring states by a reduction in its price.
The brands of Country Liquor will be cheaper as license fees have been reduced. This will help in providing good quality liquor at a cheaper rate to the consumers.
In the new excise policy, the 15% fixed quota of country liquor for manufacturers and bottlers to be supplied to the retail licensees has been abolished. According to the government, this step will give the retail licensees to lift their quota from the suppliers of their choice and further assure the supply of good quality country liquor at competitive prices. The MRP of country liquor will be cheaper by 16% of the existing price.
In this year’s policy, the Gaudhan Vikas Nidhi Fund has been enhanced by Re.1/- from the existing Rs.1.50 to Rs.2.50.
The fixed annual license fee of Bars has been rationalized by abolishing the area-specific slabs of license fee. Now throughout the State, there will be uniform license slabs based upon the room capacity in hotels.
Rates of the annual fixed license fee of Bars in the tribal areas has been reduced considerably.
Further, all the above stakeholders will have to install CCTV cameras at their establishments as it was made mandatory for them.
Wholesale vends and retail vends, the penalty provisions under the H.P. Excise Act, 2011 have been made more stringent.
An end to end online Excise Administration System would be established in Himachal Pradesh, the government said.
HP Government estimates a collection of Rs 2131 crore revenue during the year, which will be Rs. 264 crores higher than the financial year 2021-22 – growth of 14% in state excise revenues.
The Cabinet also gave its nod to amend Himachal Pradesh Disaster Relief Manual-2012 to include deaths due to biting of honey bees, hornet and wasps, accidental drowning and deaths due to accidents of vehicles (including land, water and air) under this Manual.
The Cabinet gave its approval for filling up 11 posts of ‘A’ Class Tehsildar in Revenue Department through direct recruitment on regular basis through Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission.
HP State Toll Policy 2022-23
The HP Cabinet also gave its nod to HP State Toll Policy for the year 2022-23 which envisages auction cum tender for all the toll barriers in the State. During the year 2021-22, toll revenue has registered a growth of 20 percent of the previous year’s revenue.