JORHAT, April 23 - The Jorhat district unit of AASU has sought the intervention of the Jorhat district administration regarding some private schools of the district reportedly asking parents of students to pay fees during the lockdown period.
The student body has submitted a� memorandum to the Jorhat Deputy Commissioner, urging the top official to take note of the matter raised by the AASU and stop those private schools asking to pay fees within the lockdown period.
AASU Assistant General Secretary (Jorhat district unit) Bijoy Shankar Bordoloi told this newspaper that it has come to the notice of the student body that a few private schools were sending WhatsApp messages to parents and guardians asking for paying admission fees, monthly fees and other miscellaneous fees during lockdown period
He said that in view of the lockdown, people were facing a lot of difficulties especially on the financial front, and the schools should not force parents to pay fees and provide some relaxation.
Bordoloi, who is also the advisor of the Jorhat regional unit of the AASU, said the memorandum has been signed by Jorhat AASU regional unit president Arjunmoni Bhuyan and general secretary Partha Pratim Bora.
Jorhat admin relaxes norms for shops: The Jorhat district administration has granted permission to certain categories of shops to open two days in a week by imposing a few restrictions.
An order passed by an Additional Deputy Commissioner on Wednesday stated that as per the directive of the Union Ministry of Home Affairs and the State Government, shops selling hardware materials, electrical goods, stationery items, sanitary materials, agricultural machinery and spare parts, fertilizers, pesticides and seeds in Jorhat district, are allowed to open on two days fixed area-wise by the administration under certain conditions.
The order said the shops will open from 1 pm to 5 pm on the fixed days locality-wise with bare minimum staff � up to maximum of 50 per cent of the total number.
Shopkeepers will have to ensure compliance of social distancing of at least one metre and maintaining of hygiene practices like handwashing and sanitizing frequently among the staff members and customers, the order mentioned.
The order further stated that wearing of masks, handgloves by the staff members of the shops was compulsory and spitting was strictly prohibited.
Individual passes for staff members of the shops and vehicles, if used, will have to be obtained from E-Pass Cell, Jorhat, the order said.