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The Puducherry government on Wednesday declared a holiday for all schools up to Class 8 from March 16 to March 26 in view of the spread of H3N2 influenza virus in the Union Territory.
The Puducherry government on Wednesday declared a holiday for all schools up to Class 8 from March 16 to March 26 in view of the spread of the H3N2 flu virus in the Union Territory
Speaking in the Assembly during zero hour, Home and Education Minister A Nammasivayam said that considering the spread of flu especially among children, the government has decided to declare a holiday for all schools including privately managed institutions and aided schools. by the government from primary class to Class 8.
The UT health department had stated on March 11 that Puducherry had reported 79 virus cases belonging to the H3N2 viral subtype till March 4.
Meanwhile, Agriculture Minister C Djeacoumar said the territorial administration has introduced a government order (GO) which provides reservation for most Backward Classes (MBC) candidates in recruitment to Group B posts that are not some gazetted in government departments. He told the House that a GO in this regard was issued after the UT Cabinet took a decision.
Earlier, all the members of the opposition DMK and Congress walked out of the House protesting against the introduction of prepaid meters for billing power consumption in the Union Territory. Opposition DMK leader R Siva, who led the members’ walk, said the installation of such electricity meters was “anti-people” and caused chaos among power consumers. The DMK leader demanded 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 radiation.