Governor distributes PPE kits to barbers through State Red Cross Society

SHIMLA- 29 June, 202-Governor Bandaru Dattatraya, who is the President of HP State Red Cross Society along with Dr. Sadhna Thakur, Chairperson, HP State Red Cross Hospital Welfare Society distributed PPE kits to barbers through State Red Cross Society at Raj Bhavan, Shimla, today.

Rajesh Gangotra, President of Hair Dresser and Beauty Parlour Association received 81 kits, which would be further distributed to the needy persons of the Association who could not purchase it.

On this occasion, the Governor said that business activities have been affected due to corona pandemic and barbers were also going through this phase. He said that this pandemic could be avoided with guidelines and caution. He said that along with physical distance and with the convenience of P.P.E. kit, consumers would come to their small stalls and it would be helpful in running their small business.

Shri Gangotra thanked the Governor for providing PPE Kits.

P.S. Rana, Secretary, State Red Cross Society was also present on the occasion.

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Governor suggests precautionary measures related to border areas to Union Govt

Governor Bandaru Dattatraya has suggested some precautionary measures related to the border areas of Lahaul-Spiti and Kinnaur districts of Himachal Pradesh which share boundaries with China to the Union Government. He has written a letter to Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh in this regard and said that these region, are strategically important as it was adjacent to China and amidst the tension between China and India, these areas need more attention.

He said that Himachal share more than 260 km boundary with Tibet and China and therefore, we need to be suitably prepared for any eventuality. He said that the modes of communication and road transport in these remote border areas of the State should be strengthened. He said that presently, only one Independent Brigade of the Indian Army was deployed at Pooh and suggested that in future the deployment of the Indian Army may be increased to an Independent Mountain Division. He said that adequate arrangements may be made to tackle drones from China as and when required.

Shri Dattatraya said that there was urgent need of an airstrip in the Spiti area of Lahaul and Spiti District for prompt deployment of forces in the border areas in case of need and this airstrip would act as advanced landing ground. He added that Himachal Pradesh Police was trying its best and District Superintendent of Police of Kinnaur and Lahaul & Spiti have visited villages in the border areas and interacted with the people to build their confidence and ensure their safety. However, similar continuous efforts need to be undertaken by the Central Intelligence Agencies, Indian Army and ITBP to instil sense of security and confidence among the people living in the border areas, he added.

The Governor said that Atal Tunnel under Rohtang pass, connecting Manali in Kullu District with Keylong in Lahaul & Spiti District was likely to be completed in the near future. The commissioning of the tunnel would allow year round traffic on the Manali-Leh axis, thereby significantly increasing road traffic, he said. He said that on account of its strategic importance, adequate arrangements for intelligence, security and maintenance of this axis round the year need to be made in advance.

He hoped that these suggestions once implemented would strengthen India’s position on the Indo-Tibet/China border and would also generate confidence amongst local people.

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