Himachal Pradesh government has decided to enhance timing of opening of  shops in the state from 9 am to 5 pm except on Saturday and Sunday and run government offices with fifty percent staff strength from June 14.

The decision was taken in a State Cabinet meeting held on Friday at Shimla presided over by Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur .

The Cabinet has decided all medical, dental and ayurveda colleges would be opened from June 23rd and nursing and pharmacy schools would open on June 28.

Interstate and public transport would be allowed with fifty percent occupancy and section 144 is being lifted the Cabinet has also decided to withdraw RTPCR test requirement for people visiting the state; however Corona curfew would continue in the state from 5 pm to 5 am.

The Cabinet has provided a relief package of nearly Rs 40 crore to the transport sector including Rs 2 lakh loan per bus with a maximum limit of Rs 20 lakhs as working capital for five years and start interest subvention scheme for this sector as 75 interests would be borne by the state government.

The Cabinet provided much needed relief to stage carriage, taxi, maxi cab, auto rickshaws and institutions buses by giving a relief of fifty percent on payment of special road and token tax from August 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021 and a relief of Rs 20 crore would be given to transport sector.

The Cabinet has decided to create and fill up 401 posts of different categories in trauma/tertiary care centre in IGMC and super specialty block Chamiana of IGMC Shimla along with 328 posts of different categories on outsource basis and fill up 2322 posts of different categories under para policy in jal shakti department.

 It decided to enhance the honorarium of all the categories of teachers appointed under SMC by Rs. 500 per month and cooks and helpers in mid day meal scheme by Rs 300 per month April 1, 2021.

Keeping in view the covid-19 pandemic situation in the state, the Cabinet has decided to conduct examinations of graduate and shastri final year in the month of July and hold examination of first and second year students of graduate classes in first week of August.

The Cabinet also announced financial aid to hospitality industry by bearing 75 percent interests on loan raised by tourism and hotel industry and help in raising loans as working capital and extending the scheme for ropeway and travel agents. 

The Cabinet decided to include the families under National Food Security Act (Priority Households Category) where death occurred due to Covid pandemic and directed Panchayats to include such families under the scheme, relax norms under mukhyamantri swalamban yojna. 

The Cabinet gave its approval to fill up three posts of Inspectors   in Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department, four posts of mining guards, start science classes in Ghumarwin and Sarswati Nagar Degree Colleges,and in senior secondary school Baggi (Balh), and Ather under Dalhoise Assembly segment.

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