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Read Detailed Plan for Opening of Shops in Shimla District

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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):

  1.  Mall Road: All shops on Mall Road will open every day between Monday to Saturday.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

Theog

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.

Sub-Division Rampur

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.

Sub-Division Chopal

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.

Sub.Division Rohru

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 

  1. Use of mask/ face cover is mandatory for all
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. All shops in the district shall remain closed on Sunday.
  6. 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.
  7. 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

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HP Statehood Day 2022: Relaxation in Electricity Charges, Third Option in New Pay scale, Higher Pay scale to Constables and other Announcements

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Shimla-Himachal Pradesh Government, on the 52nd Statehood Day, has made several announcements. It announced 31 percent DA to employees, relaxation on electricity charges up to 60 units, enhancement of annual income for availing benefit of pensions and welfare schemes.

Benefits of higher scales would be provided immediately to all those constables who were eligible for higher scales. All the constables appointed after 2015 would be eligible for higher scale as per other categories of employees, the government announced.

The State Government announced that now while implementing the new pay scale, the employees would be given a third option besides two options already given to them. The State has recently implemented new pay scales for employees of the State Government. The state government said it felt that few disparities existed in the new pay scales of few categories.

Pensioners of the State Government would also be given pension as per the new pay scales of the Punjab government, the government announced.

The government also announced 31 per cent DA to all the employees of the State at par with the Central Government employees. Also, an increase in annual income for availing the benefits of various welfare schemes and pensions for the weaker sections of the society from existing Rs 35,000 to Rs 50,000 was announced.

Now, the domestic consumers of the state whose electricity consumption is up to 60 units per month would not be charged any fee per electricity unit.  They would be incurred zero cost per unit of electricity consumed. With this decision, domestic consumers whose electricity consumption is up to 125 units, would be charged only one rupee per unit cost.  Over 11 lakh domestic consumers would be benefitted from this decision and the State government would incur an additional expenditure of Rs 60 crore on providing this relief, the government informed.

For the farmers in the state, the government announced to reduce the present per unit cost of electricity from 50 paise to 30 paise.  This benefit will be payable from April 2022.

Further, the HP Government said that in the year 1971, the per capita income of the state was only Rs 651 which has increased to Rs. 1,83,286, the GDP of the State has gone up from Rs 223 crore in 1971 to Rs 1,56,522 crore. The literacy rate of the State has gone up to 82.80 percent which was 23 percent in 1971. The agricultural production in the state has increased from 954 metric tons to 1500 metric tons and food grain production in 1971 was 9.40 lakh MT which has increased to 16.74 lakh MT, the state government said.

The state-level function of 52nd Statehood Day was celebrated at historic Thodo ground in Solan, where Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur unfurled the Tricolor and took salute from the contingents of Police, IRB Jungalberi, Home Guards and, NCC girls etc.

The parade was commanded by DSP Pranav Chauhan.

The Chief Minister also honoured three war widows of Solan District including Dil Kumari Thapa, Savitri Devi and Nirmala Devi on this occasion. Head constable Sandeep Chandel was also felicitated by the Chief Minister who has been awarded Prime Ministers Police Medal for life-saving for the year 2018.  

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Covid Restrictions in Himachal Extended Till Jan 31st, State Reports 11 Deaths in 24 Hours

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Shimla-Covid-19 restrictions in Himachal Pradesh has been extended till January 31, 2022. Currently, the state is witnessing a sharp spike in daily Covid-19 cases and deaths. Today, despite a low sampling of 7896, the State reported 1766 new cases and 11 Covid-related deaths. During the last eight days,  the State has recorded over 50 deaths due to Covid-19.

The deceased included a 2-year-old female child too. Shimla district reported the highest five deaths. The Covid death toll in the state had risen to 3927 according to the latest update. But the State did not impose any new restrictions, like on the entry of visitors and curtailing capacity of public transport. Further, during the last 24 hours, Shimla, Solan, and Kangra districts reported more than 250 cases each. 

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 A notification in this regard was issued by the Government of Himachal Pradesh (Revenue Department – Disaster Management Cell) on Monday. 

“Taking note of the present situation of Covid-19 in the State, the restrictions announced on January 5th, 8th, 9th, and 13th will continue to remain in effect till 6 am of 31st January 2022,” the notification said.

Programs scheduled on the occasion of Himachal Pradesh Statehood Day ( 25th January) and Republic Day (26th January) would be held on the condition of 50% capacity of indoor/outdoor spaces.

The educational institutes, including ITI, polytechnic colleges, and coaching institutes, would remain closed. Online classes, however, would continue in schools.

With the ongoing surge in daily cases and deaths, more restrictions could be in stock.

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Mandi Hooch Case: Political Storm Over Arrest and Expulsion of Hamirpur Congress Leader

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Mandi-On Sunday, the Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee expelled General Secretary of the Hamirpur District Congress Committee following his arrest from Chandigarh in alleged connection with the Mandi hooch case.

It’s pertinent to mention that last week seven persons had lost their lives in two days and eight others are still hospitalized due to consumption of spurious liquor in Salapar area of Sundernagar Tehsil, Mandi district. Following this tragedy, a police SIT was formed, various places were raided, seizures of incriminating materials were made, several persons were arrested. So far, the police have arrested 13 persons in this connection and more arrests could be made as the SIT unfolds layers of people involved.

Neeraj Thakur, who was said to have risen to a political leader from a salesman at a liquor shop, had created an empire for himself allegedly from the illicit trade of spurious liquor. The worth of his properties and assets is being assessed, but the initial reports suggested his assets were disproportionate to his income. Now every political leader he was in contact with is under the scanner of the police SIT.

Also Read: Mandi Hooch Case: HP Police Claim Bursting Large-Scale Illicit Liquor Trade, Nabs Kingpin

According to Superintendent of Police, Mandi, Shalini Agnihotri, on Sunday, police detained Praveen Thakur, who is a resident of Hamirpur, two persons, identified as Sunny and Pushpender of Uttar Pradesh, AK Tripathi of Jammu and Kashmir, and Sagar Saini of Delhi. The police have claimed that it has also apprehended the kingpin.

The state Congress chief and the opposition leader Mukesh Agnihotri who had been issuing statements holding the BJP government responsible for the Mandi hooch tragedy is on backfoot following the expulsion of Neeraj. At the same time, the failure of the state Excise and Taxation Department in checking this flourishing illicit trade of spurious liquor right under its nose is also evident.

State BJP general secretary Trilok Jamwal, State BJP spokesperson Baldev Tomar and co-media-in-charge Karan Nadda on Sunday issued statements referring to the expulsion of Neeraj as evidence that the Congress leaders were involved in, as well as, patron of liquor mafia in the State.

Further, with elections to the Shimla Municipal Corporation and elections to the state Assembly later this year, this issue has turned into a political storm.  

According to the SIT investigation, the illicit liquor factory was operating in Hamirpur District and raw materials were procured from both within and outside the State. The police said that Gaurav Manhas appears to be the kingpin of the illegal trade. Gaurav, with the assistance of Praveen, Pushpender and Sunny from UP, was running this illegal bottling plant at Hamirpur building owned by Praveen.

In addition, the DGP informed, Manu and Gagan were his partners in the bottling plant busted under the jurisdiction of Police Station Nalagarh. Gaurav has a strong network of distributors and supply chains for raw materials and finished liquor.

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