Himachal: Temples, educational institutions closed till May 10

Shimla: In the wake of sharp surge in the number of covid-19 cases, Himachal Pradesh Government has decided to keep temples and educational institutions closed till May 10.

The government has also imposed a complete ban on community feast (Dham) during marriages and other celebrations in the State.

This was decided in a high-level meeting held here today under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur to review the covid-19 situation in the State.

The Government had also decided to restrict social gatherings during marriages etc. upto 20 persons.

“All the government offices will have five day week and 50 percent of total employees of Class-III and Class-IV categories will be present in the government offices till 10th May,” Thakur said.

He said that the people coming from other parts of the country would have to remain under home isolation for 14 days and also give information regarding their arrival to the local authorities as well as elected representatives of PRIs and ULBs.

Thakur said that in order to ensure optimum utilization and mobilization of resources, the State Government had also constituted four committees.

He said that the Logistic Committee headed by Arindam Chaudhary, Managing Director, HP State Electronics Development Corporation would monitor the availability of oxygen and plan for the creation of additional bed capacity whereas Covid-19 patients/ambulance management committee headed by Dr. Rajesh Thakur, SSO, NHM would ensure the creation of triage space at all facilities, ensure proper inter-district movement of patients etc.

The Corporate Social Responsibility Coordination/Contribution Committee headed by Abid Hussain, Director Urban Development would mobile corporate and CSR contributions to HP SDMA Covid-19 Fund and also coordinate with all prospective donors and industrial associations, Thakur said, adding that Media /IEC Committee has also been constituted headed by Dr. Nipun Jindal, Managing Director NHM would disseminate up-to-date data and correct information to media besides eliminating information gap at all levels.

The Chief Minister urged the Union Health Minister to provide 5000 D-Type oxygen cylinders and 3000 B-Type oxygen to ensure that there was no dearth of oxygen in the State.

Health Minister Dr. Rajiv Saizal and other senior officers attended the meeting. (PR)

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