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The Union home ministry on Thursday directed the states and union territories to ensure free movement of trucks and goods carriers including empty trucks.

It has been reported that at inter-state borders in different parts of the country, movement of trucks is not allowed freely and local authorities insist upon separate passes.

Union home ministry told all states/UTs that “as per the consolidated revised guidelines on lockdown measures, no separate passes are required for through traffic of trucks and goods carriers, including empty trucks”.

In the advisory issued to the states/UTs, the Union home ministry stressed that “this free movement is essential for maintaining the supply chain of goods and services across the country during the lockdown period”.

The Union home ministry on April 15, 2020, had issued the consolidated revised guidelines on lockdown measures to fight COVID19.

The consolidated guidelines clearly mention that all goods traffic through trucks/goods carriers would be allowed to ply freely, the ministry said.

In order to ensure compliance to these guidelines, the home ministry asked all states and UTs to ensure that district authorities and field agencies are sensitized about the above instructions, so that there is no ambiguity at the ground level and movement of through traffic of trucks and goods carriers, including empty trucks, is allowed without any hindrance.

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