Many still sealing borders, MHA tells states: No curbs on movement of people, goods

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Pointing to “local level restrictions on movement” of people and goods still “being imposed by various districts/States”, the Ministry of Home Affairs wrote to States Saturday that there can be “no restriction on inter-State and intra-State movement”, as stipulated in the July 29 guidelines for Unlock-3.

In a letter to Chief Secretaries of all states, Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla said: “Such restrictions at local level imposed by the District Administration or by the State Government amount to violation of the guidelines issued by MHA under the provisions of Disaster Management Act, 2005.”

MHA officials said Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka have been frequently sealing inter-state or inter-district borders in the name of containing the spread of the coronavirus, leading to disruption of supply chains across the country.

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