Merchant Association seeks implementation of MHA order on goods movement

A view of Kargil main bazar during lockdown time. -Excelsior/ Basharat Ladakhi
A view of Kargil main bazar during lockdown time. -Excelsior/ Basharat Ladakhi

Excelsior Correspondent
KARGIL, Apr 25: Merchant Association Kargil, Ladakh has appealed the Union Home Ministry to issue necessary instructions to the Ladakh UT Administration to implement the instructions regarding movement of goods.
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In a letter to Ajay Bhalla, Secretary Home, Govt of India, the Merchant Association has alleged non-implementation of instructions regarding movement of goods, issued by MHA vide letter DO No 40 40-2/2020-DM-I(A), dated 12-04-2020 by the Administration of Union Territory of Ladakh.
The Association explained that people of Ladakh were suffering due to non-availability of essential commodities because of closure of Zojila Pass since November 2019 while the meager stock has depleted due to no supply for the last six months. Under such a scenario, the lockdown announced by the Prime Minister has added to the woes of residents of Ladakh because of no free movement of goods and transport for both essential and non-essential items, the Association added.
“Even as the Ministry of Home Affairs, GoI, has issued detailed instructions to all States and UTs regarding movement of goods and transport without any hindrance, the administration of UT Ladakh is not implementing these instructions in letter and spirit,” alleged the Association and gave reference of Divisional Commissioner Ladakh’s orders dated 27-03-2020 and 09-04-2020, according to which various restrictions have been imposed on the trucks and vehicles carrying goods.
Even as these orders were issued by the office of Divisional Commissioner Ladakh before the instructions issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs, the same still remain in vogue in the UT of Ladakh and have not been revoked till date, explained the Merchant Association alleging harassment of drivers by the local administration, which was not allowing them to enter the UT.
Urging the Home Ministry to treat this matter as urgent and take it up with the concerned quarters, the Merchant Association has sought an early action in this regard for relief to people of Kargil.

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