New Delhi, Jagran Bureau. The Ministry of Home Affairs has expressed displeasure over the unnecessary harassment of buses, trucks and workers during the night curfew. Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla wrote a letter to the Chief Secretaries of all states on Friday, saying that the purpose of the night curfew is to stop the mobilization of people engaged in non-essential activities, so as to ensure physical distance. But under the guise of this, many states started stopping the movement of buses and trucks on the highway, which is completely wrong. States should not obstruct such movement.
Complaint of stopping buses, trucks and other freight vehicles
It is to be noted that in the guidelines issued for unlock-one, the Ministry of Home Affairs had asked for the night curfew to be implemented throughout the country from nine o’clock to five o’clock and during this time only allow movement of persons engaged in essential services. In a letter written on Friday, Ajay Bhalla said that many states are getting complaints of stopping buses, trucks and other freight vehicles during this period.
Not only this, the passengers going to their destination after getting off the bus, train or plane were also being harassed by citing curfew. Ajay Bhalla made it clear to the chief secretaries of all the states that such movement should not be stopped under the cover of night curfew and the local and district administration should be made aware immediately.
Bhalla said that the guidelines issued by the Union Home Ministry for Unlock-1 clearly stated that there will be a ban on movement of people across the country from 9 am to 5 am. But in the meantime there will be no restriction on loading and unloading of goods necessary to maintain the supply chain, movement of buses and trucks on state and national highways. Also, people going to their destinations after getting off buses, trains and airplanes are also out of this ban. The Union Home Secretary has advised the States and Union Territories to ensure smooth movement of trucks and buses. It has also said that necessary instructions should be issued by the states to the district and local administration in this regard.
Significantly, all the states of the country which are facing the restrictions of lockdown are now gradually opening the lockdown, but facilities are not being fully started in any state. Schools and colleges are not yet open in any state, at present, there is no hope of opening them in the next two months. Even after the Centre’s order, five states have not allowed the temples to open.
In addition, malls and restaurants have still not been allowed to open in some states, while some states have decided on their own to extend the lockdown date to prevent the spread of the corona virus.