For public transport passes no medical certificate showing no COVID symptoms is needed: Pune district administrator
The Pune District Administration has said that those who wish to obtain transit passes will not be required to attach a medical certificate stating that they have no symptoms of COVID-19. He also clarified that testing for the virus will be carried out before those affected board the train or bus for their return trip.
The move was made in light of the hundreds of stranded migrant workers lining up at government health facilities every day to obtain medical certificates for their transit pass applications, as was previously required.
Pune district collector Naval Kishore Ram said authorities had received a total of 68,000 transit pass requests from people wishing to travel to other states. Most of them are stranded migrant workers from northern states.
“When applying, stranded people no longer need to attach a medical certificate. Previously, directives had made it compulsory to attach a certificate from a registered medical practitioner. Given the current situation, it was very difficult to get the certificate and hundreds of migrants lined up outside hospitals. Now they don’t have to worry as we will check them in groups upon departure and also issue group certificates, ”said Ram.
For people who wish to travel between districts in their own vehicles, medical certificates are not required, Ram added. “In such cases, they must present evidence of the urgency that compels them to travel. It could be a death in the family or a medical emergency, ”he said.
He said that of the 68,000 registrations received on covid19.mhpolice.in via police stations and tahsildars in rural areas, 35,000 were from the Pimpri-Chinchwad areas, while the rest were from the city of Pune and rural areas.
Ram said the administration had planned more trains from Pune to various states in northern India to bring stranded workers home.
“We have collected data from various resources where we receive requests,” he said. “In some cases, we have shared information with the state governments concerned – lists have been sent to the governments of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan – and are awaiting their approval. Once this happens, more trains will be sent.
Ram said that although the administration was preparing the trip for those in distress, it did not want the migrant workers to leave Pune. “We want them to stay and work because many business, construction and industrial units are now back to work,” he said.
He said inter-district migrants, including students, are also being sent home. “We have sent thousands of students to Latur, Yavatmal, Dhule and Nanded using public transport buses. We also plan to use the PMPML buses if such a need arises, ”he said. “We sent 38 workers to Nanded on three buses. “