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HP Govt’s Corona Curfew Guidelines: Read What’s Allowed, What’s Not

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Shimla-A corona curfew was imposed in Himachal Pradesh as the number of daily COVID-19 cases and fatalities continue to spiral upwards. Yesterday, the state had reported 3842 cases and 32 fatalities, according to the statistics of the state health department. 

The annual examination of 10th standard of Himachal Pradesh Board of School Education was cancelled. It was decided that all the students would be promoted to 11th class by the Board as per the norms suggested by CBSE for its students for the 10th standard examination. It was also decided that 12th standard examination of Himachal Pradesh Board of School Education and annual examination of colleges would also remain suspended till further orders. 

Corona curfew would remain in force in Himachal Pradesh with effect from 6 AM of 7th of May,2021 to 6 AM of 17th May 2021. The corona curfew, however, would be different from a complete lockdown in many ways.

Also Read: Corona Curfew in Himachal Pradesh From May 7, Public Transport to Remain Operational, Educational Institutes Closed Till May 31

During this period, depending upon availability, vaccination would continue in places as notified by the Department of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Himachal Pradesh from time to time. Eligible people as advised by the department will be allowed to travel to the designated CVCs in their vehicles /taxis/auto-rickshaws by following guidelines.

HP Government has notified the new standard operating procedures (SOPs) which are as given below (unedited):    

  1. People desirous of / required to undertake testing for Covid-19 shall be allowed to travel to designated Government / Private Covid-19 Testing Centre in their vehicles /taxis /auto-rickshaws by following guidelines to that effect.
  2. During the curfew period, assembly of more than 5 people shall be treated as unlawful.
  3. However, a maximum of 20 people only will be allowed in gatherings related to marriages /funerals with permission of the District Administration.
  4. Government and Private offices/establishments shall remain closed. Government employees will work from home a shall not leave their headquarters without permission.
  5. All educational, training, coaching institutions, etc. shall now remain closed until 31st May 2021. However, MBBS(4TH and 5th year), BDS (4th year), Nursing classes(3rd year) only will continue. Physical conduct of the examinations by State/ national/ International bodies shall be allowed on a case to case basis by the respective Departments with due intimation to all concerned authorities.
  6. All cinema halls, malls, market complexes/ Bazar/ gyms/ sports complexes swimming pools/ entertainment parks/ theatres/ auditoriums/ assembly halls and related activities and similar places shall remain closed.
  7. Liquor shops /vends, ahatas, bars will remain closed.

During the corona curfew, the following activities are allowed: 

  1. All health services (including AYUSH) to remain functional, such as:
  2. Hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, telemedicine facilities
  3. Dispensaries, Chemists,  pharmacies, all kinds of medicines hops including Jan Aushadhi Kendras and medical equipment shops.
  4. Medical laboratories and collection centres
  5. Pharmaceutical and medical research labs, institutions carrying out COVID-19 related research
  6. Veterinary Hospitals, dispensaries, clinics, pathology labs, sale and supply of vaccine and medicine
  7. Authorized private establishments, which support the provisioning of essential services, or efforts for containment of COVID-19, including home care providers, diagnostics, supply chain firms serving hospitals
  8. Manufacturing units of drugs, pharmaceutical, medical devices, medical oxygen, their packaging material, raw material and Intermediaries.
  9. Construction of medical/health infrastructure including the manufacture of ambulances

Financial sector: following to remain functional:

  1. Bank branches and ATMs, IT vendors for banking operations. Banking correspondents (BCs), ATM operators and cash management agencies.
  2. Insurance companies
  3. Non-Banking Financial Institutions (NBFCs) including Housing finance company (HFCs) and Micro Finance Institutions (NBFC-MFIs) with bare minimum staff.

Co-operative Credit Societies

Efforts should be made to operate with minimum staff and they should be encouraged to Work from Home wherever possible and feasible.

Public Utilities

  1. Operations of oil and gas sector, including transportation, distribution, storage, retail of products, for example, petrol, diesel, kerosene, LPG etc.
  2. Generation, transmission and distribution of power at the state level.
  3. Postal services, including post office
  4. Operations of Utilities in water, sanitation, and waste management sectors, at municipal/local levels in the state
  5. Operation of Utilities, including the movement of vehicles and personnel, providing telecommunications, DTH and internet services, including maintenance of telecom towers and recharge facilities for prepaid mobile connections.

Commercial and private establishments  as listed below

  1. Ration shops, including PDS and neighbourhood/roadside/street corner shops, dealing with food, groceries, fruits and vegetables, dairy and milk booths, meat and fish, animal feed and fodder, fertilizers and pesticides including their transportation, warehousing, and related activities. These establishments shall follow all Covid-19 safety procedures and shall mandatorily close by 6 PM
  2. Hotel, restaurant and dhabha shall operate as per already issued SOPs by Department of tourism
  3. Home delivery by operators/online delivery of all goods/services by e-commerce platforms such as Amazon, Flipkart, Blue Dart, DTDC,
  4. Myntra etc.
  5. Retailers of food and grocery items shall also be allowed to provide home delivery services
  6. Print and electronic and social media
  7. Telecom, internet services, broadcasting and cable services/DTH and optical fibre
  8. Petrol pumps, LPG, petroleum and gas retail and storage outlets.
  9. Power generation, transmission, and distribution units and Services
  10. Government-approved common service Centers at Gram panchayat level
  11. Cold storage and warehousing services.
  12. Private security services and facilities management services for maintenance and upkeep of office and residential complexes.
  13. Establishments used/ earmarked for quarantine facilities
  14. Shops dealing in construction equipment and supplies such as cement, iron, chips etc

Transportation

  1. Inter-state and intrastate movement of Public transport shall continue with occupancy restricted at 50% and subject to SOPs issued by Transport Department.
  2. Passengers travelling to the state by air, bus or railway shall register on the e-pass portal of the HP Government before the commencement of the journey.
  3. Movement, loading/unloading of goods/cargo(inter and intra) including transportation of all goods is allowed.
  4. All goods carriers whether loaded or unloaded
  5. Member of print and electronic media with valid ID cards shall be allowed to move in vehicles as per SOPs and covid protocols.
  6. All vehicles belonging to Government/local bodies or authorized organizations involved in essential services, emergency and COVID-19 Management Shall be allowed to play.
  7. Inter and intrastate movement of goods/cargo for inland and exports.
  8. Transportation for all medical personnel, nurse, paramedics staff and other hospital support services.
  9. Private vehicles subject to a limit of 50% occupancy with COVID appropriate behaviour and protocols shall be allowed for emergent  reasons,
  10. All agricultural, horticultural, animal husbandry and related activities to remain fully functional.
  11. Farming operations by farmers and farm workers in the field(sowing, nursery preparation, land preparation, irrigation, planting, harvesting, threshing, processing and packaging etc.
  12. Any other activities related to agriculture, horticulture, floriculture like procurer distribution, packaging, warehouse, mantis, cold storage, shops dealing with agricultural machinery and its spare parts, fertilizers, insecticides, pesticides etc.
  13. Collection, processing, distribution and sale of milk and milk products by processing plants including transportation and supply chain.
  14. Operation of animal husbandry farm including poultry farms and hatcheries, fisheries and livestock farming activities.
  15. Industries/Industrial establishments both government and private sector
  1. All Industries operating in both urban and rural areas with strict adherence to SOPs and COVID-19 safety protocols.
  2. The Deputy Commissioners shall monitor the SOPs which are to be strictly followed by the industries in their operations. The head of the Industrial Unit/Corporate office shall regularly brief the DC in this regard.
  3. Construction Activities will be allowed in both government and private sector
  1. All construction activities, contract works at sites along with the associated movement of vehicle/labour in this regard.
  2. The SOP is to be followed in the government as well as private construction sites and movement of personnel vehicles to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  3. Offices of the Gov’t of India, its autonomous/subordinate offices will remain open, as mentioned below:
  4. Defense Forces, Central Armed Police Forces, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Disaster Management and early warning agencies(IMD, SASE, CWC), Airport Authorities of India, Railways, National informatics Centre(NIC), Food Corporation of India(FCI), NCC & Nehru Yuva  Kendra(NYKs) any other central Government office engaged in essential services or assisting in the management of COVID-19 at minimum capacity and shall encourage work from home.

Offices of state government, its autonomous bodies and governments will remain open as mentioned below.

  1. Police, Homeguards, civil defence, fire and emergency services, disaster management, prisons, municipal services along with offices dealing with essential services remain open and will function without any restrictions. Further HPPWD and Jal shakti department shall function with minimum staff following covid protocols.
  2. District administration and treasury (including field offices of Accountant General) will function with restricted staff, however, delivery of public services shall be ensured and necessary staff will be deployed for such purpose.
  3. Forest offices, staff/ workers required to operate and maintain zoo, nursery, wildlife, fire fighting in the forest, water in plantation,  patrolling and their necessary transportation movement. The Forest office include forestry plantation and related activities, including the Silviculture  
  4. All other Departments of state government shall remain close during the lockdown period.
  5. People with disabilities, pregnant and lactating women, the person with comorbidities shall work from home.

Offices of the Private/ Civil society sector:

To encourage work from home for their staff.

General guidelines:

  1. Face coverings/masks compulsory
  2. Physical distancing must
  3. Spitting punishable
  4. Safety and protection of vulnerable people 

Following people are advised against outdoor movement:

  1. Lactating and pregnant women
  2. Children below 10
  3. Seniors above 65
  4. People with comorbidities.

 

 

 

 

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IPS Gaurav Singh and CM’s Security Personnel Exchange Slaps & Kicks, Video Goes Viral, Inquiry Ordered

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Kullu-Superintendent of Police, Kullu, Gaurav Singh, and Chief Minister’s Security Officers got into an ugly brawl outside the Bhuntar Airport in Kullu district on Wednesday. While Gaurav Singh reportedly slapped the security official, ASP, Brijesh Sood, after an argument broke out between the two, another security official of the Chief Minister was seen kicking Gaurav Singh.

The incident has jolted the State Police Department, as well as, the people as all of this ruckus occurred in the presence of Chief Minister and Union Minister Nitin Gadkari.

Video clips of this incident where personnel of the Himachal Pradesh Police exchanged slaps and kicks appeared on social media and are going viral across the nation.  

The incident has attracted widespread criticism over such indisciplinary actions from these high-rank officials. 

It’s pertinent to mention that Gaurav Singh is considered one of the most honest IPS officials serving in the State. His strict action against sand and drug mafia in Baddi industrial area had won him praise from the people. He was hailed as Baddi’s Singham at that time. He continues to work with the same zeal against drug mafia as the SP of Kullu district too. 

What Happened At Bhuntar Airport

According to the initial information available, Chief Minister Jairam Thakur had come to the Airport to welcome Gadkari, who is on a five-day visit to Kullu. When their convoy left the Airport, Gadkari noticed several people who had gathered outside to meet him and share their grievance related to insufficient compensation for the acquisition of land for the four-laning project. These people from the four-lane Sangharsh Samiti were waiting for the Minister outside the Airport.

Meanwhile, CM’s Security Official reportedly started arguing with the SP over allowing people to gather outside the Airport which caused an unscheduled halt for the Minister’s convoy. As per reports, Gadkari had himself asked to stop the car to listen to these people, which led to misunderstanding between the security of the Chief Minister and Chief of the local police. The argument turned into a violent brawl as the SP slapped Brijesh Sood.

Other officials present at the scene tried to intervene and control these officers. This entire episode occurred in front of the Chief Minister’s car.

The people at once rushed towards the spot shouting “ SP sahab ko kyon maar rahe ho (Why Are You Assaulting the SP)?”

Somehow, the remaining police personnel cleared the way for Chief Minister’s vehicle. The people were also heard shouting slogans in support of Gaurav Singh.  

Inquiry Ordered, Three Officials Removed from Duty Till Conclusion of Inquiry

Following this shocking incident, the PHQ came into action and the Director-General of Police, Sanjay Kundu, left for the spot. DIG Central Range, Madhusudan, had already reached the spot to conduct an inquiry into the matter.

The inquiry would be conducted under Section 63 of the HP Police Act, it was informed. 

The IG Intelligence was asked to immediately depute someone to perform the duties of Balwant, HPP, PSO to the Chief Minister immediate effect.

Further, the PHQ, in a statement, informed that till the conclusion of the preliminary inquiry into the incident, Gaurav Singh, Brijesh Sood and  Balwant, will remain on compulsory leave. The headquarters for Gaurav Singh was fixed to be the Range Office Mandi and PHQ Shimla for Brajesh Sood and Balwant Singh.

Further, the DIG CR Madhusudan would perform the duties of the SP Kullu, while the duties of Addl SP, CM Security, will be performed by Addl SP, IIIrd Bn Pandoh, Puneet Raghu.

Himachal Kisan Sabha Alleges the State Govt Didn’t Want Farmers to Meet the Minister

The Himachal Kisan Sabha also issued a statement in which it referred to the incident as another example of the state government’s anti-farmer attitude. The Sabha said that the farmers affected by the four-laning project only wanted to submit a memorandum to the Union Minister to convey their grievance peacefully and the Minister himself agreed to it. Despite this, an unnecessary brawl was created on the part of the Chief Minister’s security.  The Sabha supported the demand of the farmers for appropriate compensation for their land acquired for the project. 

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HP Govt Re-Shuffles 43 IAS/HAS Officials Including Eight DCs Ahead of By-Elections 2021

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Shimla-Himachal Pradesh Government has re-shuffled 43 IAS and HAS official. The transferred/posted officials include eight Deputy Commissioners. The orders came following the meeting of the HP Cabinet held yesterday.

This re-shuffle has also come ahead of the by-elections scheduled to be held in the state.

Neeraj Kumar, IAS (HP:2013) would be the new Deputy Commissioner, Lahaul & Spiti. Dr. Nipun Jindal, IAS (HP:2014), who was serving as the Managing Director, National Health Mission, HP, was posted as the new Deputy Commissioner, Kangra.

Ashutosh Garg, IAS (HP:2014) has been posted as the new Deputy Commissioner, Kullu. Arindam Chaudhary, IAS (HP:2014), was appointed as the new Deputy Commissioner, Mandi.

Ram Kumar Gautam, IAS (HP: 2014) was posted as the new Deputy Commissioner, Sirmaur. Pankaj Rai, IAS (HP: 2014), who was the Deputy Commissioner Lahaul has now been appointed as the Deputy Commissioner Bilaspur. Kritika Kulhari, IAS (HP:2013), was appointed as  the Deputy Commissioner, Solan. Earlier, she served as the Director, Women & Child Development, HP.

List of IAS/HAS Official Transferred/Given Charges

  1. Dr. Richa Verma, IAS (HP:2012), as Chief Executive Officer, Baddi Barotiwala, Nalagarh Development Authority (BBNDA). She was serving as the Deputy Commissioner Kullu, District, earlier.
  2. Kalyan Chand, IAS (HP:2011), as Director, Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs, HP. He will also hold the charge of the post of Managing Director, Himachal Pradesh Minorities Finance and Development Corporation Shimla. He was serving as the Deputy Commissioner, Solan, earlier.
  3. Abid Hussain Sadiq., IAS (HP:2014) was posted as Deputy Commissioner, Kinnaur.
  4. Yunus, IAS (HP:2010), as Excise & Taxation Commissioner, Himachal Pradesh, Shimla.
  5. Hemraj Bairwa, IAS (HP:2013), as Mission Director, National Health Mission, HP. He was serving as Deputy Commissioner of the Kinnaur district.
  6. Rakesh Kumar Prajapati, IAS (HP:2012), as Director, Industrie HP. He will also hold charge of the post of Managing Director HP Industrial Development Corporation. He was serving as the Deputy Commissioner Kangra
  7. Subhasish Panda, IAS (HP:1997), currently, the Principal Secretary (Public Works Department was given additional charge of the post of Principal Secretary (Tourism & Civil Aviation).
  8. Devesh Kumar, IAS (HP:1998),  has been appointed as Secretary to Chief Minister. He will continue to hold the charge of the post of Secretary (General Administration Department, Secretariat Administration, Sainik Welfare and Parliamentary Affairs)  and the post of Managing Director, Himachal Pradesh Power Corporation Limited, Shimla.
  9. Rakesh Kanwar, IAS (HP:2007), as Secretary to Governor, Himachal Pradesh. He will also hold the charge of the post of Project Director, Zero Budget Natural Farming in the Department of Agriculture, Himachal Pradesh. State
  10. Amit Kashyap, IAS (HP:2008) as Director, Tourism & Civil Aviation, Himachal Pradesh, Shimla. He will also hold the charge of the post of Managing Director, Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation, Shimla.
  11. Capt. (Retd.) J.M. Pathania, IAS (HP:2008), as Managing Director, Himachal Pradesh Agro Industries Corporation Limited, Shimla. He will also hold the charge of the post of Managing Director, Himachal Pradesh Agro-Industrial Packaging India Limited.
  12. Rakhil Kahlon, IAS (HP:2008), as Director, Women and Child Development, HP.
  13. Manasi Sahay Thakur, IAS (HP:2009), as Managing Director, General Industries Corporation, HP.
  14. Rohan Chand Thakur, IAS (HP:2009), as Managing Director, HP Financial Corporation.
  15. Raj Krishan Pruthi, IAS (HP:2009), as Special Secretary (Agriculture) to the HP Govt. He will also hold the charge of the post of Director, Agriculture, HP. Earlier, he was posted as Deputy Commissioner, Sirmaur at Nahan, District Sirmaur.
  16. Vinod Kumar, IAS (HP:2009), as Managing Director, HP Backward Classes Finance & Development Corporation, Kangra.
  17. Chander Prakash Verma, IAS (HP:2010), as Special Secretary (Personnel) to the Government of Himachal Pradesh. He will continue to hold the charge of the posts of Special Secretary (Tribal Development) to the HP Govt-cum Additional Commissioner, Tribal Development, HP and Commissioner Departmental Enquiries, HP.
  18. Amarjeet Singh, IAS (HP:2010), as Director, Public Finance-cum-Public Enterprises-cum-Special Secretary (Finance) to the HP Govt. and Director, Treasuries, Accounts and Lotteries, Himachal Pradesh, Shimla.
  19. Rugved Milind Thakur, IAS (HP:2011), as Director, Rural Development & Panchayati Raj, Himachal Pradesh-cum-ex Officio Special Secretary (Panchayati Raj) to the HPGovt.He was earlier posted as the Deputy Commissioner Mandi, District Mandi.
  20. Lalit Jain, IAS (HP: 2011), as the Managing Director, HP State Civil Supplies Corporation Limited.
  21. Vivek Bhatia, IAS (HP:2011), as Director Department of Empowerment of Scheduled Castes, Other Backward Classes, Minorities and the Specially Abled, Himachal Pradesh, Shimla. He will also hold the charge of the post of Director, HP Institute of Public Administration.
  22. Gopal Chand, IAS (HP:2011), Special Secretary (MPP & Power and NCES the Government of Himachal Pradesh, who is holding the charge of the post of Director Youth Services and Sports, HP, was given charge of the post of Special Secretary (Industries) to the Government Himachal Pradesh.
  23. Devinder Kumar Rattan, IAS (HP:2012), as Secretary, Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission.
  24. Manmohan Sharma, IAS (HP:2013), as Director, Urban Development, HP. He will also hold the charge of the post of Chief Executive Officer-cum-Managing Director, Shimla Smart City Ltd.
  25. Rohit Jamwal, IAS (HP:2014), as Labour Commissioner-cum-Director of Employment, Himachal Pradesh, Shimla. Earlier, he was serving as the Deputy Commissioner, Bilaspur.
  26. Apoorv Devgan, IAS (HP:2015), as Member Secretary, HP State Pollution Control Board.
  27. Mukesh Repaswal, IAS (HP:2015), as Director, Information Technology, HP. He will also hold charge of the post of Managing Director, HP Electronics Development Corporation.
  28. Dr. Priyanka Verma, IAS (HP:2015), as the Director (Personnel & Finance), HP Power Corporation Limited.
  29. Anurag Chander, IAS (HP:2016), as Special Secretary (Excise & Taxation and Public Works Department) to the HP Govt. He will also hold charge of the post of Director, Estates, HP.
  30. Sonakshi Singh Tomar, IAS (HP:2016), as Additional Deputy Commissioner (Development)-cum-Project Director, District Rural Development Agency, Sirmaur.
  31. Zaffar Iqbal, IAS (HP:2017), as Additional Deputy Commissioner (Development)-cum-Project Director, District Rural Development Agency. Solan.
  32. Shivam Pratap Singh, IAS (HP:2017),  as Additional Deputy Commissioner (Development)-cum-Project Director, District Rural Development Agency, Kullu.
  33. Kiran Bhadana, IAS (HP:2017), as Additional Deputy Commissioner (Development)-cum-Project Director, District Rural Development Agency, Shimla.
  34. Nivedita Negi, IAS (HP:2017), as Additional Deputy Commissioner (Development) cum-Project Director, District Rural Development Agency, Chamba.
  35. Kumad Singh, HPAS (2001), as Managing Director, HP Kaushal Vikas Nigam. She will continue to hold the charge of the post of Managing Director, HP Handicrafts and Handloom Corporation.
  36. Vinay Singh, HPAS (2001, as Director, Ayurveda, HP, Shimla.
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Sirmaur: Newborn Found Abandoned in a Pile of Cow Dung, Rescued by Police

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Sirmaur- An abandoned newborn girl child was found in a pile of cow dung in Kamiyara Village in Rohnat, District Simraur on Tuesday.  A villager first sighted the newborn and informed the police.

According to the available information, a villager found the newborn on Tuesday morning while he was on his way to his fields. The man said that first, he heard some sounds arising from a pile of cow dung in the fields. When he approached the pile, he noticed an infant covered in blood and cow dung. He immediately informed the local police.

A team of police reached the reported location with a doctor and provided medical aid to the newborn. After initial treatment,  the newborn was shifted to Civil Hospital Shillai in a 108 ambulance. Mast Ram, SHO, Shillai Police Station confirmed the report and informed that further investigation to identify the parents of the infant was underway. He added that the priority was to save the baby. Before the identification of parents, it would not be possible to comment over the cause that compelled the parents to abandoned the child, the police said. 

A similar incident was reported at Rohnat Hospital a few years back, where an unmarried girl had given birth to a child in the hospital bathroom. The mother had thrown out her child from the bathroom window. The infant was later rescued by the police.

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