The Puducherry government on Wednesday, 15 March, announced a holiday for all schools up to Class 8 from 16 to 26 March in view of the spread of the H3N2 influenza virus in the Union Territory.
The order will be in force for schools in all four regions of the Union Territory — Puducherry, Karaikal, Mahe and Yanam — in view of the prevalence of the viral subtype of influenza, particularly among children.
Speaking in the Assembly during zero hour, Home and Education Minister A Nammasivayam said in view of the spread of influenza, particularly among children, the government decided to declare a holiday for all schools in Puducherry, including privately-managed institutions and government-aided schools.
The UT Health Department had stated on 11 March that Puducherry reported 79 virus cases belonging to the viral H3N2 subtype till 4 March.
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GO on reservation for MBCs
Meanwhile, Agriculture Minister C Djeacoumar said the territorial administration had introduced a government order (GO) providing reservation for Most Backward Classes (MBC) candidates in the recruitment to Group B non-gazetted posts in the government departments. He told the House that a GO in this regard has been issued after a decision was taken by the UT Cabinet.
Earlier, all members belonging to Opposition DMK and Congress walked out of the House protesting against the introduction of prepaid meters for billing power consumption in the Union Territory.
DMK opposition leader R Siva, who led the walkout of the members, said installing such electricity meters is “anti-people” and caused chaos among power consumers. The DMK leader insisted that the prepaid metering system be dropped.
The protesting lawmakers did not agree with the contention of Minister A Namassivayam, who also holds the Electricity portfolio, that prepaid power consumption meters were introduced to prevent power theft and pilferage.
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