The Centre on Saturday asked all states to ensure there are no restrictions on inter-state and intra-state movement of goods and people in the current ‘Unlock’ process. Ajay Bhalla, Union Home Secretary has written to the Chief Secretaries of all states to confirm there are no restrictions on the inter-state and intra-state movement of persons and goods.
The Union Home Secretary has said that such restrictions lead to difficulties in the inter-state movement. In his letter, he stated that this impacts supply chains creating trouble in economic activity and employment.
Bhalla has also cited that such restrictions amount to a violation of guidelines issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) under related provisions of the Disaster Management Act, 2005. Though reports are coming of local-level restrictions being imposed on the movement of persons and goods in various districts or states, he wrote.
The guidelines also clearly stated no separate consent, permission or e-permit will be required for the movement of people for cross land border trade under treaties with neighbouring countries. Bhalla said such restrictions amount to violation of guidelines issued by Ministry of Home Affairs under provisions of Disaster Management Act, 2005.
The letter requested states to impose no restrictions and to ensure that the guidelines are followed. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had first declared a nationwide lockdown with effect from March 25 to fight the COVID-19 outbreak; the lockdown was subsequently extended till May 31.