E-pass for all comes into effect, people start to Chennai in large numbers

As e-pass for all system came into effect this morning, people who went to their native places from Chennai started coming back to the city in large numbers.

The earlier system, which saw rejections of 47 lakh applications so far, has been replaced by an updated automated system for speedy clearance.

Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Friday announced that from August 17 e-passes will be issued immediately to all applicants for inter-district travel in the state.

The announcement comes amid strident criticisms from a wide cross-section about delays, irregularities and corruption in the e-pass system.

In a press statement issued on Friday, the Chief Minister said that he has ordered the authorities to approve e-pass applications immediately for those who are applying with their phone numbers and details of Aadhaar card or ration cards to travel between districts for important work.

The press release also said that this will come into force from August 17. Urging people to use e-passes only for important work, the Chief Minister said that the current method of issuing e-passes with phone numbers has helped district authorities to keep track of those who travel between the districts and trace their contacts if they test positive for coronavirus.

The Tamil Nadu government had informed the Madras High Court on Tuesday that it would set up a committee to regulate the e-pass issuance to ensure hassle free travel. This came after the court pointed out that they were taking serious note of allegations of fake e-passes being issued.

E-passes will be approved immediately if an applicant is applying with his/her phone numbers and details of Aadhaar card or ration cards. The Chief Minister in the the latest statement asserted that the current method of issuing e-passes with phone numbers has helped district authorities in tracking those who traveled between the districts and trace their contacts if they test positive for COVID-19.