West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday announced that the pending higher secondary exams wil be held in June. The students of class 11 will be promoted to the next class. Students in state-run colleges and universities will be promoted to the next semester without exams. Only those at their final semesters will have to appear in exams.
All of these have been affected due to the outbreak of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
The government is lifting certain restrictions in the state.
Officials of deputy secretary and above in government offices will work on alternate days from April 20. Rural industries like irrigation, building, road will be allowed to run. Local workers will be employed in these jobs in rotational shifts so that everyone gets a job during lockdown while the social distancing norms are also maintained, Banerjee said. People under the Centre’s 100-days’ work scheme will also be employed in crop harvesting.
All jute plants in the state will run with 15 per cent of workforce. Brick kilns will also run in a similar manner. Plantation related activities and nurseries are also being allowed to run by following social distancing norms.
The government will send monetary help to migrant workers, tourists and other people stranded in other states amidst lockdown, Banerjee said.
The number of active Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the state at present is 132. So far, 42 have been cured and discharged and seven have died from COVID-19.