COVID pandemic: Centre asks states to not prohibit trans-border motion


Tribune News Service

New Delhi, Aug 22

The Centre on Saturday requested all states and Union Territories to not put any restriction on the motion of individuals and items as stories of such obstructions had been impacting provide chains, leading to “disruption in economic activity and employment”.

Noting that such restrictions quantity to a violation of tips issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) underneath the provisions of Disaster Management Act, 2005, Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla in a letter to Chief Secretaries of all of the states and UTs talked about that there have been stories of restrictions on the motion being imposed by varied districts and states on the native degree.

The unlock tips clearly say that there “shall be no restrictions on the inter-state and intra-state movement of persons and goods”, Bhalla famous within the letter.

Drawing the eye of the highest authorities within the states and the UTs, the Home Secretary mentioned such restrictions had been creating issues in inter-state motion of products and companies and “are impacting supply chains, resulting in a disruption in economic activity and employment”.

The tips additionally acknowledged that no separate permission, approval or e-permit could be required for the motion of individuals and items for cross land border commerce underneath treaties with neighbouring international locations, Bhalla reminded the state authorities and mentioned restrictions quantity to “violation of guidelines issued by the MHA”.

He requested that no restrictions be imposed and in addition urged the authorities involved to make sure that the unlock tips had been adopted in letter and spirit.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had first introduced lockdown with impact from March 25 to fight the COVID-19 pandemic which was subsequently prolonged until May 31. Since June 1, the unlock course of started with the opening up of commercial actions and workplaces throughout the nation.



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