All Govt, Pvt offices to open from Monday, permitted shops to be open till 4 PM
All government offices in the state will open from Monday. Additionally, shops and commercial enterprises will be allowed to remain open from 7 AM to 4 PM barring those not allowed by the Central government. Chief secretary Utpal Kumar Singh said this while informing the media about the relaxations and restrictions to be observed during the two-week lockdown from May 4.
Singh informed that Central government has classified Haridwar district as red zone, Dehradun and Nainital as Orange zone and the remaining districts as Green zones. The classification is made on the basis of four aspects- number of active cases, percentage of testing, doubling rate and surveillance of suspected cases. The classification is dynamic and can be altered on the basis of periodic reviews. The conditions will remain as they are now in urban areas of Red zone and hotspots while relaxation has been provided for various activities in rural areas. He said that from May 4, while the secretariat will open from 9:30 AM to 4 PM, the other government offices will remain open from 10 AM to 4 PM. In Green zones, while 100 per cent of class A and B officers will attend office, 50 per cent of class C and D personnel will work in office. In Red and Orange zones, 100 per cent of class A and B officers will attend office while in the first week, 33 per cent of class C and D personnel will attend office. A review will be held after a week and if found favourable 50 per cent of class C and D personnel will attend office. In government offices in all zones, women employees who are pregnant or with children aged below 10 years and employees aged above 55 or with co-morbidity will be required to attend office only if necessary. Further, disinfection, sanitisation, screening and social distancing will be observed in all government offices. Private offices and commercial establishments apart from those prohibited by the Central government will also be able to remain open till 4 PM. Sanitisation, wearing of masks and social distancing as directed by the Central Government will have to be observed in the establishments. Importantly, as per Central government directions, all movement for non-essential tasks will be totally prohibited from 7 PM to 7 AM. Singh further informed that standard operating procedures issued by the Centre will be followed in ferrying back migrants to Uttarakhand from various states where they are stranded. So far 1.25 lakh persons have registered online to return to Uttarakhand and this number is consistently rising. Most of such people want to return from Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and Punjab among other regions. Regarding the applicants wanting to return from distant locations, the state is dividing the applicants into clusters and this information will be shared with the railways according to which trains will be arranged to bring the persons back to Uttarakhand. The SOPs issued by the Centre will also be followed in case of people wanting to return in private vehicles.
Singh also informed that the state government had so far purchased 1.42 lakh quintals of wheat from farmers. In accordance with its commitment to pay the farmers within 48 hours, a total of Rs 24 crore has been transferred to the accounts of farmers for the wheat purchased. Additionally, 72,955 persons have been given work under 6,441 MNREGA works started or resumed in the state. Permission has also been granted to a total of 3,460 industrial enterprises to resume operations. The units have sought permission for 84,634 personnel to work in the industries. Apart from this, the committee formed under retired IAS officer Indu Kumar Pande to give recommendations for reviving and strengthening the state’s economy is expected to present its interim report next week and the recommendations by the end of next week, added Singh. Regarding the resumption of Char Dham Yatra, he said that apart from its spiritual significance the Yatra is also important for the state’s economy. The State government is considering how to resume the Yatra in accordance with Central government directions.
Sunday, 03 May 2020 | PNS | Dehradun
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