E-pass system unnecessary, says Stalin

DMK president M.K. Stalin on Thursday said the government should dispense with the mandate of obtaining an e-pass for travelling within Tamil Nadu, if it was really interested in giving the benefits of relaxations in the COVID-19 lockdown to the people.

“As the government has already announced precautionary measures for those travelling to other districts on their own, the e-pass system is unnecessary,” Mr. Stalin said in a statement issued here on Thursday.

Pointing out that e-passes would not provide any solution, as the Centre had made it clear that it was not necessary, the DMK leader wondered why Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami, who claimed to be following the Centre’s guidelines, had not withdrawn the system.

“The government has permitted companies to resume work, but keep the workers inside their houses. Is making e-pass compulsory to travel between districts a good COVID-19 management protocol,” he asked.

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