Chief Minister Shri Jai Ram Thakur listening to public grievances at Shimla

SHIMLA,19.09.20-Chief Minister Shri Jai Ram Thakur listening to public grievances at Shimla on 19 September, 2020.

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Adventure Tourism to be made safer in State: Govind Singh Thakur

SHIMLA - 19 September, 2020-Education, Language, Art and Culture Minister Govind Singh Thakur here today presided over the meeting organized by Tourism and Civil Aviation to make river rafting, paragliding and other tourism activities safer in state.

The Minister said that the Government is making all possible efforts to strengthen tourism activities in state.

He said that different norms and rules were being drafted in order to make these adventure activities safer in state. GPS tracking system should be used while conducting paragliding, trekking and other adventure activities. He stressed upon the use of GPS tracking band for the safety of tourist and guides in tough trekking terrain, so that if any emergency occurs relief and rescue work could be done immediately. He said that Tourism Department is running various training programs for the people associated with adventure activities in State. Strict safety measures have also been adopted for organising these activities.

Education Minister said that Tourism Department would soon start online registration facility for conducting adventure activities. He said that with the aim of promoting adventure activities in the state, coordination between tourism, Forest, Police and Health department would be established.

Detail discussion was also held on mitigating risk in tourism activities and steps that are to be taken to make this area more organized.

Director Tourism and Civil Aviation Yunus, trainers from various organizations associated with adventure sports were also present in the meeting.

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Students of 9th to 12th classes can come school for guidance from teachers voluntarily

A Spokesperson of State Government said here today that schools colleges and coaching institutions will remain closed for students and regular class activity upto 30th September, 2020 in areas outside the containment zone.

He said that online/distance learning shall continue to be permitted and shall be encouraged. He said that 50 percent of teaching and non teaching staff of educational institutions will be called to the school at a time for online teaching/tele-counselling and related work in area outside the cantonment zones only w.e.f 21st September, 2020 for which Stranded Operating Procedure (SOP) issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Director of General of Health Services on 8th September, 2020 will be followed strictly.

He said that students of classes 9th to 12th may be permitted to visit their schools in areas outside the containment zones only, on voluntary basis, for taking guidance from their teachers. This will be subject written consent of their parents/guardians and will be permitted w.e.f. 21st September, 2020 as per SOP issued by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on 8th September, 2020.