Tamil Nadu to remove e-pass system

Going in line with the Central government’s Unlock 3 guidelines, the Tamil Nadu government is likely to remove e-pass system. A decision will be taken by Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami in a day or two after consulting with senior Ministers and officials, sources said.

The Puducherry administration on Sunday withdrew the e-pass system for interstate and intrastate travels. Issuing a notification in this regard, the UT administration said the e-passes are not required to travel to and from Puducherry.

Issuing an order, Chief Minister V Narayanasamy had said that people entering Puducherry from other states need to enroll themselves with the nearest Primary Health Centres (PHCs) of the locality where they are residing. People who failing to register attracted penal action against them.

In Tamil Nadu, the DMK and the BJP’s State unit have been urging the State government to remove the e-pass system to enable free movement of people within the State. The State government did relax it last week by issuing passes to all those who applied. Reports said that over 5 lakh passes have been issued since the relaxations from August 17.

The Centre on Saturday issued a circular to the Chief Secretaries of all the states, informing them that there shall be no restrictions on inter-state and intra-state travel of people and goods.

In a letter, Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla said, “No separate permission/approval/e-permit will be required for such movements. It has been reported that the restrictions on movement are being imposed by various district/states. Such restrictions are creating problems in inter-state movement of goods and services and are impacting the supply chain, resulting in disruption of economic activities.”

It is being anticipated that in the coming days some other States could also do the same. Hence, the need for uniform guidelines was felt and these are now being prepared to help a better co-ordination between Centre and States.