No pass needed for movement within district: Himachal CM

Shimla: The Himachal Pradesh government on Monday allowed the movement of people within a district without any pass, except for the Baddi police district, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said, adding that for inter-district movement, permits will be required. In a video conference with district officials, Thakur said that 55,000 Himachal residents stranded elsewhere have applied for their return. Those coming from red zones and having influenza-like illness  symptoms must be placed in institutional quarantine, he said, adding that all returnees must be medically examined before deciding whether to place them in home or institutional quarantine. Thakur said that special trains carrying stranded Himachalis from Bengaluru and Goa would reach Una on May 13 and 15 respectively while 300 students from Ukraine are expected to arrive in Chandigarh soon. Those stuck in Maharashtra will also be brought back soon while the Uttarakhand government will facilitate the transport of all Himachalis up to Dehradun, from where they will be brought back home, Thakur said.