Government of Delhi has commenced the phase-wise unlock process of activities from May 31, 2021. Like most other Indian states/UTs, the Aam Aadmi Party-led government of Delhi went into a lockdown of socioeconomic activities recently due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now the government has undertaken the unlock process while an e-pass, authorizing free movement has been issued for the common population.
Following a meeting of the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA), Chief Minister of Delhi Mr. Arvind Kejriwal announced that the national capital will be unlocking phase by phase. In the initial unlock phase, industries and construction will be allowed to repopen.
Although the government is unlocking industry and construction from May 31, 2021, most other activities in the state will remain under the effect of the lockdown. In order to make things easier, the government has launched the e-pass at the Jantasamvad website. The e-pass can be obtained by citizens from the website epass.jantasamvad.org.
Delhi Disaster Management Authority has reportedly ordered that prohibition on all other activities will be valid as usual during the lockdown and only the authorized sectors will be allowed to open. Thus, in order to travel freely in and across the Indian National Capital, people will need to have an authorized epass.
Steps to fill application form for e-pass
The epass can be obtained from the website epass.jantasamvab.org. A print-out or a digital copy of the e-pass must be carried by concerned citizens for travel in and across Delhi. Here is a step by step guideline.
1st Step – After visiting the aforementioned website, one must select their language preference between Hindi and English at first.
2nd Step – After that, citizens will be able to apply for the e-pass by selecting the option of “e-pass for travel during curfew”.
3rd Step – Once clicked on the aforementioned application link, an online form will be provided which must be filled up correctly.
4th Step – The form must be filled up with details of name, contact number, address, reason due to which the citizen is applying for e-pass etc.
5th Step – An identity proof must also be uploaded while applying for the e-pass in Delhi.
6th Step – The government relays an SMS on the mobile number provided when the e-pass is approved for the concerned citizen.
Who needs the e-pass in Delhi?
Certain individuals in Delhi are exempted from the possession of an e-pass for free travel during the curfew. These include media personnel, officials of the central or state government, those who are engaged in the profession of transportation of essential items and those who are travelling to the airport, railway station, bus stations etc. and has a valid ticket for travelling. However, those who are in need of the e-pass include the following.
- Those who are working in manufacturing and production units.
- Bank employees
- Those who are travelling for vaccination.
- Those who are going to ATMs.
- Private security employees.