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Covid situation improves in Assam; restrictions eased

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Guwahati, Sep 2: With the improvement in the Covid situation in Assam, the state government on Wednesday relaxed the restrictions that were enforced in the beginning of the second wave of the pandemic.

The Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) has reduced the duration of the night curfew and allowed certain group of students to attend physical classes from September 6.

Health Minister Keshab Mahanta said the ASDMA in consultation with the health and education departments allowed the functioning at all work places — government and private offices, as per the usual working hours, but not beyond 8 p.m.

The night curfew instead of 8 p.m. would be now enforced from 9 p.m. in the night till 5 a.m. in the morning across the state from Wednesday, the minister told the media.

According to the fresh orders of the ASDMA, final year or final semester students of post-graduate, graduate, higher secondary, nursing and other technical courses would be allowed to attend physical classes from September 6, provided they have to receive at least one dose of Covid vaccine.

Mahanta said that before the start of physical classes, a 3-day vaccination drive for students, faculty and staff would be undertaken across the state.

He said that all business and commercial establishments, hotels, restaurants, resorts, sales counters, showrooms, cold storages and warehouses, groceries and other shops, fruits and vegetables, dairy products and fodder stores would be allowed to open up to 8 p.m. across the state.

However, cinema halls and theatres shall continue to remain closed. Pillion riding shall be allowed for mask-wearing persons who have taken at least one dose of vaccine. Inter and intra-district public transport with 100 per cent seating capacity is allowed for people having at least a single dose of vaccine but there will be no standing passenger.

According to the new directives, a gathering of maximum of 50 people in open or closed spaces would be allowed for persons who have received at least one dose of the vaccine — with prior information to the local police. Gathering in religious places is allowed with a restricted number of people.

The Covid-19 caseload in Assam stood at 5,89,999 on Wednesday night with the recovery rate of 97.89 per cent and positivity rate of 0.72 per cent.

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Call me “Dada”, not “Sir”, Tripura CM Biplab Kumar Deb to employees

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Agartala: In what appears to be a step to boost the morale of the government employees, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Sunday asked the government employees to call him “Dada” instead of “Sir”. “Call me Dada, not sir. It enhances the warmth of the relationship”, Deb told a gathering of government employees.

Deb exhorted the government employees of the state especially ASHA and Anganwadi workers of the state asking them not to dishearten as the state government was eager to improve their pay structure.

“I salute the ASHA and Anganwadi workers of my state. The level of dedication that my sisters have shown during the pandemic period deserved applause. I know, they want to hear good news from me and I am assuring you all that this government will not disappoint anyone”, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb told a gathering of government employees at Badharghat sports school field organized by Vivekananda Vicha Manch (VVM).

VVM has emerged as a big platform of government employees, of late, and Sunday’s public rally was its first big gathering to thank the Chief Minister for the series of steps his government took for the welfare of the employees.

“I know what challenges you people are facing. Nothing is hidden in front of me. I am assuring you all everything will be taken care of in the due course of time”, he added.  Lauding the efforts of government employees Deb said, without them no government office can function.

“Due to the efforts of government employees, people can access the benefits of the state sponsored welfare schemes. But, for a prolonged period the employees did not get their right to do something freely. They were trapped in the clutches of unions. In the previous regime, Left sponsored unions used to enjoy supreme power which had reduced the whole work culture of the state to tatters. In 2018, you people showed courage and voted BJP to power”, said Deb.

“Despite fund constraints, the state government is positively working on the issues of DA and other factors pertaining to the interest of the government employees. Our government has already addressed a number of issues related to financial benefits. The ad-hoc promotion, increment for Group D, Group C employees, regularization of SSA teachers, seventh pay scale, UGC scale for professors, special benefit for LTC are to name a few. All these indicate what we want to do and we shall do what we promise”, the Chief Minister said.

The Chief Minister also asked the officials not to call him “sir” suggesting them to refer to him as “Dada” as it makes the relationship stronger and cherished. The Chief Minister also distributed clothes among children of Badharghat sports school during the programme. State BJP President Manik Saha, Minister Ram Prasad Paul, Minister Sushanta Chowdhury, MLA Mimi Majumder, state BJP Vice President and president of Vivekananda Vichar Manch Rajib Bhattacharjee also spoke on the occasion.

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