Revised SOP Manual Issued For Checkpoint Management

In an attempt to prevent the unchecked entry of people from other states, the state government issued a revised set of Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) manual to district administrations for border checkpoints. The revised SOP was necessitated following reports that unchecked immigration, particularly from the adjoining Bengal border, had led to a recent surge of COVID-19 positive cases in Odisha.

The SOP, which has been issued by Pradeep Jena (Special Relief Commissioner and Additional Chief Secretary to the Government), details the roles and responsibilities for the police and other officials at the state’s border checkpoints. Sources reveal that the revised SOP tasks the police with intercepting incoming vehicles a few metres away from the check post and examining their passes.

Vehicles that do not have movement pass from the originating state will be detained at the other end of the border. Only vehicles with requisite authorization will be allowed entry, where RTO officials will subsequently verify registration details of the returnees with the state government’s COVID-19 portal.

In case the registration process has not been completed, the RTO staff will facilitate on-spot registration for the same. Additionally, each passenger on the incoming vehicle will be stamped with indelible ink on their right inner forearm, and each vehicle will be issued a fresh entry pass with details of the route and final destination in Odisha.

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