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The coronavirus or COVID-19 pandemic has severely affected the entire world, including India. The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi announced a nationwide lockdown for a period of 21-days, starting from the 24th of March 2020.
This nationwide lockdown was further extended recently and will now be in effect till the 3rd of May 2020. During this period, the movement of people has been restricted with strict emphasis to exercise social distancing across the country. The lockdown period will also put a close to everything such as offices, schools, factories and other such operations.
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However, essential services will continue to be on offer. The ‘essential services' includes doctors, healthcare workers, grocery shops, electricity, gas and water department, media personnel and pharmacies; among others.
People who are providing essential services and need to move around during the lockdown period can get themselves a ‘curfew pass'. These passes can be applied for online, depending on the state. The curfew pass will allow an individual to move outside their locality under the supervision of the police and government, to provide any sort of essential services.
Here is how an individual can apply for a curfew pass during the lockdown period
Step 1: Visit the official government website of the particular state, union territory or city and click on the ‘e-pass application' tab.
Step 2: Fill-in all the necessary details and also upload the supporting documents (if required).
Step 3: Submit your application.
Step 4: Once approved, you will receive a message from the concerned authorities.
Step 5: Carry a hard-copy of the e-pass every time you are going out.
Having said this, there are certain conditions and disclaimers.
1. Application for a curfew pass can be made only if it falls under the ‘essential services' bracket of the state.
2. Applying for a curfew pass does not guarantee its approval.
3. Final Approval of curfew passes will be decided by local administrations.
Again, the requirements for obtaining a curfew pass depends from one state to another. Every state, depending on the severity of the situation, has different processes and procedures to give out passes to individuals.
Here are the steps to follow to receive a curfew pass in India's main metropolitan cities and their states.
Delhi: Here is the procedure to obtain a curfew pass in the country capital - Click here.
Mumbai (Maharashtra): Click here is the application process for a curfew pass in Mumbai and other cities in Maharashtra, except Pune.
Bangalore (Karnataka): Residents of Bangalore and other areas of Karnataka can click here for their e-passes.
Chennai (Tamil Nadu): All essential service providers in the state can apply for their e-pass through epasskki.info website.
Kolkata (West Bengal): Essential service personnel can visit their official coronapass.kolkatapolice.org to obtain curfew passes.
For all other cities, states and Union Territories, please visit your official government websites for more information.
Thoughts On Receiving A Curfew Pass During The COVID-19 Lockdown
These passes are meant only for those who are providing essential services during this lockdown period. The application for a movement pass doesn't ensure an approval. With the coronavirus pandemic continuing to spread rapidly, even during the lockdown period; we urge everyone to stay home, practise social distancing and stay safe.