Meghayala Govt Eases Permit System to Enter State
GUWAHATI: Meghalaya government has finally decided to do away with the e-permit system for entry into the state.
However, it does not mean that there are no formalities before entering the state. A simplified system has been put in place for the online submission of essential data for auto-generation of entry pass.
Earlier, the system entailed human intervention; the concerned deputy commissioner’s office would approve or reject applications.
Broadly, only four categories of application will now be entertained: On government duty, business-related, medical treatment, and skilled or highly skilled labour.
Under the new dispensation, no documents are needed to be submitted at the time of furnishing online application. All valid online applications will auto-generate a pass.
At the time of entry, the online pass and prescribed documents would be required to be presented at the chosen entry point where after due verification and mandatory COVID testing, people are let in.
According to an official notification, the documents required to be produced at the entry point are proof of residence; papers showing they were engaged in government or essential services; referral papers in case of medical treatment, and proof of engagement for migrant skilled and unskilled labour.
In all cases, the proof of booking confirmation of paid quarantine is mandatory.
All travellers are permitted to take a hired vehicle or self-driven vehicle. The drivers halting more than a day are also required to register for testing separately.
For an application to be considered as valid, the following details are mandatory: personal details, mode of travel, category, proposed place of stay in Meghalaya, arrival date, duration of stay, and choice of entry gate.
It should be mentioned that since the past 15 days, Meghalaya had been flouting the directives of the Union Ministry of Home Affairs to do away with the permit system and remove all restrictions on the interstate and intrastate movement of persons and goods.
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