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Rajasthan government restricts inter-state passage of people to contain Covid-19

Soumyadeep Sarkar

Rajasthan seals off borders

Recent surges in Covid-19 cases in the state prompted the government of Rajasthan to virtually seal off its borders on Wednesday.

It was announced in order by M L Lather, Director General of Police (DGP), Law and Order, that no person will be allowed to enter Rajasthan without a 'No Objection Certificate' (NOC) from the state government or leave without a pass.

While the Rajasthan government had used the term “sealed” in its initial order, it revised the term in a subsequent order, saying that the movement of people at the inter-state borders would be "regulated". Other provisions of the order have not been tampered with, and have remained the same.

Lather also said that necessary directions have been issued to all range IGs, SPs, commissioners, and deputy commissioners in this regard and the arrangements would be in place for the next seven days. He added that officials have been directed officials to put up check posts along the state borders with immediate effect. Check posts will also be put up at railway stations and airports to check the movement of people who do not have passes, the order said.

While the movement of people at the inter-state level has been restricted, the DGP added that passes would be issued only in cases of emergencies, such as the hospitalization or death of a family member or a relative. The state of Rajasthan shares its borders with neighboring states Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, and Gujarat.

The main reason behind this move by the Rajasthan government is the rising and unhindered rate of Covid-19 cases in the state, which currently stands at put up at railway stations and airports to check the movement of people who do not have passes, the order said. On Tuesday, the state registered its highest single-day spike to date with 369 cases. 256 people in the state have been killed by the novel coronavirus.

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