As demands to cancel e-pass grow, CM says steps taken to simplify system

Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami has said the State was doing everything under its capacity to contain the spread of the coronavirus, and protect the public.

Media reports and political leaders have been highlighting the difficulties faced by the public in securing an e-pass. Reacting to this, the CM said the State government has reformed the e-pass system.

“The e-pass system is still being implemented to restrict unnecessary movement of people, which is the primary reason for the spread of the virus. As a result of this system, we have been able to bring down the caseload across districts,” Palaniswami said in Madurai.

“Now, we have taken measures to simplify the e-pass system by appointing two teams in each district to clear applications faster,” he added. Earlier, it was just one team per district.

DMK president M K Stalin on Thursday asked the AIADMK government not to create an “artificial barrier” for travel by people and demanded immediate cancellation of the e-pass system for inter- district journey.

Applications seeking passes even for emergencies have been rejected many times though the government had said permission would be given for inter-district travel for medical emergencies, deaths and marriages, he alleged adding “the e-pass system in the AIADMK government is a big failure.”

Urging the State government to scrap the e-pass system in vogue in Tamil Nadu for inter-district or inter-State travel in the wake of COVID-19 outbreak, cab drivers submitted a petition to the government, saying it had decimated the industry.