To Contain Coronavirus Spread, Himachal To Lockdown From 7 May

Shimla: Presided over by chief minister Jai Ram Thakur the Himachal cabinet on Wednesday decided to impose a statewide curfew from Friday (7 May) to 16th May.

The cabinet reviewed the Covid-19 situation in the state and expressed concern over the sharp surge in the number of Covid-19 cases.

All the government and private offices/ establishments would remain closed from 7 May 2021 to midnight of 16 May 2021,  a communique of cabinet meeting stated. It was also decided that all essential services such as health, electricity, telecommunication, water supply, sanitation etc. would remain open.

An empty public square at the popular tourist township of Manali during the March 2020 lockdown (File Photo: Sanjay Dutta)

The Cabinet decided that work would continue at civil work sites, horticultural/agricultural and other project sites. Educational institutions in the State would remain closed till 31 May, 2021. All government and private transport would ply at 50 percent of occupancy and inter-state transport would continue. Industrial establishments would work as per the guidelines issued by the State Government.

Keeping in view the sharp surge of covid-19 cases in the State, it was also decided in the meeting that the annual examination of 10th standard of Himachal Pradesh Board of School Education would stand cancelled. 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. I

t 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.

Keeping in view the important role the Department of Excise and Taxation in handling work-related to collection of the revenue, which form major part of revenue earned by the State and to properly administer and regulate, the various tax laws in the State, the Cabinet gave its nod to create a specialized and dedicated separate service in the State ‘H.P. Revenue (State Taxes and Excise) Services in place of existing posts of the officers in the department.

The Cabinet gave its approval to upgrade regional hospital Una as 300 bedded regional hospital along with the creation of 76 posts of different categories to ensure better health care facilities hospital to the people of the area.

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