Shimla: Amid sharp increase in Covid-19 deaths and positive cases, cabinet has decided to extend the corona curfew till 6am of May 26 in Himachal Pradesh. Cabinet meeting was held at Shimla on Saturday to review the current Covid-19 situation.
In the cabinet meeting chaired by chief minister Jai Ram Thakur, it was decided that to check the exodus of labourers and workers from the state, all the shops dealing with construction materials will also remain open on Tuesday and Friday for three hours.
While briefing journalists about about the cabinet decisions, urban development minister Suresh Bhardwaj said officials of health department made a detailed presentation on the current Covid situation.
Cabinet gave its consent to fill up 219 posts of different categories on contract basis under National Health Mission in the state to provide better health care facilities to the people. It also gave its nod to procure CT scan 128 slice and MRI 1.5 Tesla machines worth Rs 20 crore for Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru Government Medical College in Chamba.
It accorded ex post-facto permission to the executing agency of makeshift Covid-19 hospital at Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri Government Medical College, Ner Chowk Mandi to include construction of one labour room and one operation theatre.
Cabinet also decided to allow hiring dead body vans to all medical colleges, zonal, regional hospitals and hospitals with bed capacity of 200 and above. It also decided that forest department will provide free wood for cremation of Covid deceased where forest rights are enforced and forest corporation will provide fuel wood in other areas. All the urban local bodies will be allowed to hire dead body vans.
It also decided that no marriages will be allowed to hire marriage palaces, community halls and tent houses and outside catering and DJ/band. Marriage will be only held in houses or courts with the restriction of 20 persons. There will also be no marriage procession.
Cabinet also reviewed the progress in CM announcements and decided that every minister will review the chief minister’s announcements of their respective departments within 15 days and implementation work on these will be started within three months.
It also decided to open health sub centre at Sartyaula in Mandi district alongwith creation of requisite posts to man the sub centre. Nod was given to construct new rest house at Dhanotu in Sundernagar tehsil of Mandi district to facilitate the general public.