Unlock 3.0: Inter-state movement of goods, people can't be restricted, Centre tells states

MHA secretary Ajay Bhalla made the remarks in a communication to the chief secretaries of all states and UTs, stating that local level restrictions on movement were being imposed by various districts and states

Press Trust of India August 22, 2020 19:22:27 IST
Unlock 3.0: Inter-state movement of goods, people can't be restricted, Centre tells states

New Delhi: The Centre has asked all states to ensure that there should be no restrictions on inter-state and intra-state movement of persons and goods during the ongoing unlocking process.

In a communication to chief secretaries of all states and Union Territories, Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla said there were reports that local level restrictions on movement were being imposed by various districts and states.

Drawing attention to the Unlock-3 guidelines, Bhalla said such restrictions are creating problems in inter-state movement of goods and services and are impacting supply chains, resulting in disruption in economic activity and employment.

The unlock guidelines clearly state that there shall be no restrictions on inter-state and intra-state movement of persons and goods, he said in the letter. The guidelines also stated that no separate permission, approval or e-permit will be required for movement of persons and goods for cross land border trade under treaties with neighbouring countries.

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The home secretary said restrictions amount to violation of guidelines issued by Ministry of Home Affairs under provisions of Disaster Management Act, 2005.

The letter requested that no restrictions be imposed and it should be ensured that the unlock guidelines are followed.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had first announced lockdown with effect from 25  March to combat the coronavirus pandemic which was subsequently extended till 31 May. Since 1 June, the unlock process began with the opening up industrial activities and offices across the country.

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