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Covid,10323: Arrears Of 2020

Yes. Covid19 and 10323 are the ‘Arrears,of 2020. The year 2020 began with the fight against coronavirus, and it came with one of the most impactful changes in all our lives – the lockdown. As the novel coronavirus began settling itself in India and the number of positive cases reached nearly 500 PM on March 24, announced a nationwide lockdown for 21 days. Observers have even stated that the lockdown had actually slowed the growth rate of the pandemic by April 6. Commonly referred to as Lockdown 2.0, this period came in with a conditional relaxation promised after April 20, for areas that reported a decline in coronavirus positive cases. On May 17, the lockdown was again extended for a period of two weeks. Phase four May 18 to 31 During this phase, states were given a larger say in the demarcation of Green, Orange and Red zones and the implementation roadmap. The first unlock came with a fresh set of guidelines for the month of June. By now, lockdown restrictions were only limited to the containment zones, while activities were permitted in other zones in a phased manner. July 1 to 21 Phase II of unlocking began under the guidelines and instructions of the MHA and the NDMA, and the following changes were imposed. August 1 to 31 Unlock 3.0 removed night curfews and permitted gymnasiums and yoga centers to reopen from August 5. Unlock four September 1 to 30 A statement underlining the new set of guidelines issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs said, “Lockdown shall remain in force in the Containment Zones till 30th September 2020″ outside the containment zone, however, some activities were given permission. Unlock five October 1 to 31 Schools were asked to continue with online learning till as long as possible. Unlock six November 1 to 30 Not many changes were made as compared to the previous unlock in the country. The Ministry of Home Affairs said the same guidelines would continue for the month of November. In December Tripura government already resumed regular classes also from class IX on wards. A first generation of COVID-19 vaccines is expected to gain approval as soon as early 2021. Multiple COVID-19 vaccines are currently in phase 3 trials with efficacy assessed as prevention of virologically confirmed disease. But the new strain of Covid19 once again matter of concern. Economically Socially and no doubt Politically Covid 19 leaves impact in the life of common peoples which seems to be ‘arrears’ for many more New Years. And it’s steel continued. Another ‘arrear’ is 10323 and their permanent job solution. A joint forum of three organisations under the banner of Joint Movement Committee (JMC) on December 7 launched an indefinite mass sit-in-demonstration to demand a permanent solution for the over 10,000 teachers who lost their jobs in Tripura. This protest comes two months after Tripura chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb’s had assured the teachers of a permanent solution to their problems. The selection of 10,323 teachers was conducted according to advertisements issued in 2002, 2006 and 2009, which was challenged before the High Court of Tripura by Tanmoy Nath and others. Later, the High Court of Tripura announced the termination of the teachers in 2014, which was later upheld by the Supreme Court in 2017. The number of terminated teachers have now come down to 8,882 after around 1,400 of the 10,323 were recruited for jobs in other departments of the government. But the remaining 8,882 terminated teachers continue their struggle. “The chief minister has assured to find a permanent solution for the sacked 10,323 teachers by December 2. We waited enough, and now the agitation would be withdrawn only after the CM gives written assurance that their problems would be solved permanently ” JMC said. “It has been more than nine months since we have lost our jobs. The CM gave us two months to be assured of a permanent solution, but there is no word from his side till date. We waited enough, and it is difficult running a family. We have launched the indefinite sit-in-demonstration, and this would continue for until we receive written assurance,” added JMC. THE TRIPURA POST wish at least these two ‘matters’ solve in New Year, 2021.

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