Centre directs States not to impose restriction on Inter-State and Intra-State movement

August 23, 2020 : The Union Government in Home Ministry urges all the states of India not to impose any restriction on Inter-State and Intra-State movement of persons and goods and services but ensure to strictly follow MHA guidelines for Unlock-3 as given in para-5.

The instruction letter was issued by Ajay Bhalla IAS, Home Secretary to the Government of India, New Delhi to to Chief Secretaries of all states, vide letter No. D.O. NO. 40-3/2020-DM-I (A), 22nd August 2020.

The Home Secretary in the letter urged to refer to Ministry of Home Affairs’ Order of even number dated 29.07.2020 whereby Guidelines for Unlock-3 have been issued. That para-5 of these guidelines clearly state that there shall be no restriction on Inter-State and Intra-State movement of persons and goods. No separate permission/ approval/ e-permit will be required for such movements. This includes movement of persons & goods for cross land border trade under Treaties with neighboring countries.

The letter claimed to received reports that local level restrictions on movement are being imposed by various districts/ 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 and employment, besides affecting supply of goods and services. Such restrictions at local level imposed by the District Administration or by the State Government, mount to violation of the guidelines issued by MHA under the provisions of Disaster Management Act, 2005, added the letter.

The Home Secretary, therefore, requested that no such restrictions may be imposed on Inter-State and Intra-State movement of persons and goods and services and instructions issued to ensure that MHA guidelines mentioned above are strictly followed.

The letter is read : “Please refer to Ministry of Home Affairs’ Order of even number dated 29.07.2020 whereby Guidelines for Unlock-3 have been issued.

2. I would like to draw your kind attention to para-5 of these guidelines which clearly state that there shall be no restriction on Inter-State and Intra-State movement of persons and goods. No separate permission/ approval/ e-permit will be required for such movements. This includes movement of persons & goods for cross land border trade under Treaties with neighboring countries.

3. It has, however, been reported that local level restrictions on movement are being imposed by various districts/ 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 and employment, besides affecting supply of goods and services.

4. Such restrictions at local level imposed by the District Administration or by the State Government, mount to violation of the guidelines issued by MHA under the provisions of Disaster Management Act, 2005.

5. I would, therefore, request that no such resptrictions may be imposed on Inter-State and Intra-State movement of persons and goods and services and instructions issued to ensure that MHA guidelines mentioned above are strictly followed.”

It is to be noted that the Centre has already issued,  on July 29, Unlock 3.0 guidelines, giving relief to inter-state and intra-state movement of people and goods. In the guidelines is in effect till August 31.