Himachal decides to reopen authorities colleges, schools after decline in COVID instances

Tribune News Service
Shimla, January 15 

With a major decline in Covid cases, the Himachal Cabinet on Friday decided to open summer closing schools for students from February 1 while classes in winter closing schools would begin from February 15.

The decision to open schools was taken by the cabinet at its meeting chaired by chief minister Jai Ram Thakur, here on Friday. All the government colleges would be opened for regular classes from February 8, 2021 after winter vacations by following the laid down SOPs.

The teachers of summer closing government schools would attend schools from January 27 while regular classes of classes five and eighth to 12 of summer closing schools would be allowed to attend regular classes from February 1, 2021, by strictly following laid down SOPs. The school management of these schools would ensure strict use of face masks, social distancing and use of sanitisers in the school premises. Similarly, ITIs and polytechnic and engineering colleges would also be opened from February 1, this year. 

The cabinet also decided that students of Classes 5 and Classes 8-12 of winter closing schools would be allowed to attend regular classes after winter vacations from February 15, 2021. However, online system for education under Har Ghar Pathshala would continue. A similar system can be adopted by the private schools in the State. 

Keeping in view the Covid-19 pandemic, the State Government has constructed four make shift hospitals at Indira Gandhi Medical (IGMC), Shimla, Community Health Centre, Nalagarh, Tanda and Medical College and Ner Chowk, Mandi. However, due to reduction in COVID-19 active cases, the cabinet decided to ensure optimum use of these and as such the IGMC hospital would be used as Medicine Intensive Care Unit, Tanda college as Communicable Diseases/ Infectious Diseases Ward, Nalagarh hospital as Trauma Care Centre and Mandi hospital as super speciality ward. It also  to notify Zonal Hospital Dharamshala and DDU Hospital Shimla as non covid hospitals.

The cabinet gave its approval to issue Letter of Intent in favour of M/s RCCPL Private Ltd, Navi Mumbai regarding mining lease on 599.1935 hectares of area for extraction of lime stones and mining mineralt in Shimla district for a period of three years.  

In order to facilitate the early construction of Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru Government Medical College Chamba complex, the cabinet gave its nod to raze 28 old government structures from the construction site. 

The cabinet decided to set up Women Help Desks in District Police Offices and Police Thanas in the State to make police stations more women friendly and approachable. It also gave its nod to purchase 136 scooty/scooter along with 272 helmets and 136 Desktop Computer to strengthen the Women Help Desks in Police Department. 

Cabinet gave its consent to provide required machinery and equipment to strengthen Anti-Human Trafficking units in six districts of the State – Shimla, Kangra, Kullu, Sirmaur, Solan and Chamba.   


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