MHA asks states to ensure there's no problem in inter-state movement of cargo

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, India Published: May 04, 2020, 06:46 PM(IST)

A driver walks past parked trucks inside a depot during a nationwide strike in Ahmedabad, India, July 20, 2018 Photograph:( Reuters )

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The home ministry has issued an advisory to all states, union territories and Central Armed Police Forces, drawing their attention to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare's (MoHFW) guidelines and standard operating procedures on safety at work.

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has asked the state governments and union territories to ensure there are no issues related to inter-state movement of cargo amid the coronavirus lockdown.

The home ministry has issued an advisory to all states, union territories and Central Armed Police Forces, drawing their attention to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare's (MoHFW) guidelines and standard operating procedures on safety at work.

Joint Secretary Punya Salila Srivastava on Monday said the MHA in consultation with the Bureau of Police Research and Development and the health ministry has issued guidelines to protect them while working in the field -- keeping in consideration the rising number of cases of police officials contracting coronavirus.

Giving the control room's number '1930' for truckers and load carriers, she said they can contact it if any issue crops up during their movement.

Srivastava said the control room is working round-the-clock and has, as of May 3, handled 12,000 complaints.

In case, they are travelling on any national highway, they can also contact the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) helpline '1033' to lodge any complaint pertaining to lockdown.

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