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No Fairs, Restriction on Social Gathering, Strict Adherences to Masks and Social Distancing: HP Govt

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Shimla-Sudden spike in new COVID-19 cases Himachal Pradesh has raised concerns as case and death tallies are rising again. State has reported six COVID-19 deaths in the past three days, taking the total number of fatalities to 1004.  

A rising trajectory of daily new cases is visible in eight states – Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, Gujarat, Karnataka and Haryana.

In the last 24 hours, India has reported a total of 40,953 new cases.

Maharashtra has reported the highest daily new cases at 25,681. It is followed by Punjab with 2,470 while Kerala reported 1,984 new cases.

Six states cumulatively account for 83.7% of the new cases reported in the past 24 hours.

Kerala is showing a consistently declining trend.

In Himachal Pradesh, 148 new cases with one fatality were reported till yesterday evening (7 pm).

The state government yesterday issued new guidelines to check this resurgence of new cases,

The government has asked the district administrations to persuade shop-keepers and other business establishments to adopt strategy of ‘No Mask, No Service’.

Also, it said suspended organization of all the official melas (fairs) but the ongoing melas would continue by adopting the SOPs.

For gatherings, only 50 per cent of capacity (both indoor and out-door) is allowed. For indoors, a maximum number of 200 would be allowed in a social gathering.

The government did not mention any plans for closure of educational institutes or restriction on inter-state movement of people/tourists.

However, tourist industry is again worried as summer season, which is the peak season, would be beginning from April. The industry has already faced a huge losses as last year’s peak sesson was spent in lockdowns.  

The state government has directed administrations to ensure use of face masks and hand sanitizers in addition to following proper protocol for patients under home isolation. 

It also directed to administrations to ensure that social gathering without social distancing must be avoided.

“Test, Track and Treat Strategy must be implemented effectively. RTCPR Test must be increased and Containment Zone Approach must be implemented strictly, the state government said.   

Further, state government believes that increasing rate of vaccination in areas with a sharp spike in cases would help.

The government said the people should be motivateed to adopt the approach of ‘Dawai Bhi, Kadai Bhi’.

Chief Secretary Anil Khachi directed the Deputy Commissioners to ensure proper sanitization of market places and religious and other public places. 

Director General of Police Sanjay Kundu said that stringent action would be taken against those found guilty of violation of various SOPs such as use of face masks etc. 

Further, the state government informed that vaccination of the people must be increased as the Union Government has already sanctioned another 1.80 lakh dosages for the State, which would be delivered within two days.

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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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