The Bengaluru City Police (BCP) has introduced a pass system to regulate the movement of people during the 21-day lockdown that began at midnight on Monday.
According to the BCP memo, passes would be issued at the offices of the jurisdictional Deputy Commissioners of Police (Law & Order) and would be made available 24/7 on the submission of a standard application form. Staff at DCP offices would be working in three shifts to issue these passes, the memo said.
The memo, signed by city police commissioner Bhaskar Rao, said that two types of passes would be issued – one for persons and the other for vehicles.
Who are eligible for passes?
Staff of medical establishments – hospitals, clinics, dispensaries, nursing homes, laboratories, ambulance services etc – would be given passes. So would IT and IT-enabled Services (ITeS) employees working for essential services, and power generation, transmission and distribution employees.
Passes would be issued to private security guards; petrol, gas station and retail LPG employees; employees of banks, ATMs, insurance companies; delivery agents of food aggregator services (Swiggy, Zomato etc), online pharmaceutical companies (1 mg, Netmeds etc) and ecommerce platforms (Amazon, Flipkart etc), the memo said.
Staff of ration and grocery shops, dairies, meat and fish stalls and those working in animal fodder stores would also get passes. Print and electronic media persons would also require passes, the police commissioner’s memo said.
Staff of capital and debt market services, employees of cold storage and warehousing services, staff working for manufacturing units of essential commodities, staff engaged in the transportation of essential goods, and staff of hotels and lodges that are accommodating tourists stranded due to Covid-19 and earmarked for quarantine facilities, would also get passes, the memo said.
Passes not required for some categories
Passes would not be issued for government vehicles with ‘G’ registration plates, goods vehicles, and employees of the High Court. All government and High Court employees were directed to carry their department-issued ID cards.
Addendum (Updated on April 1, 2020)
Police Commissioner answers readers’ questions on movement passes
Following the publication of City Police Commissioner Bhaskar Rao’s memo by us on March 25 – about movement passes to certain categories of people and businesses – readers came up with many queries. Most of them wanted to know how and if they can avail a movement pass.
As there were more questions than could be answered individually, we grouped them based on overlaps, and sought answers from the Police Commissioner for a dozen of them. Excerpts from a telephonic interview by Manoj Sharma.
Qn:“Sir, we supply raw meat and we are facing trouble serving the customers as there is no proper transportation of the stock and supply. I hereby request the police to issue me a pass.” – Mohammed Rafi.
Bhaskar Rao: “Supplying raw meat is allowed. Food falls under essential service and you are allowed to transport it. Go ahead.”
Qn: “I am from Bengaluru and stuck in Secunderabad due to the lockdown. I am a heart patient and my 85-year-old father, wife and 9-year-old son are alone. I have to go back.” – Mohammed Salahuddin.
Bhaskar Rao: “Please stay wherever you are. You’re not allowed to travel until the lockdown orders are lifted.”
Qn: “I am a lorry owner and we transport food items such as wheat, rice, etc. We are facing a serious problem with the police. I request the Bangalore commissioner of police to issue a pass.” – Mohammed Rabbani A.
Bhaskar Rao: “You are absolutely safe. You can transport in your vehicle as far as you are carrying food items. But kindly put stickers on your vehicle, carry your identity cards and kindly wear uniforms assigned for lorry drivers. Most importantly, maintain social distance.”
Qn: “Let me know if tissue manufacturing comes under essential goods. We need to supply to hospitals. We have received enquires from hospitals.” – Pramod.
Bhaskar Rao: “Kindly contact officials from health department (to check) whether you come under essential services or not. If your commodity comes under essential services, you can get the pass.”
Qn: “I need take my wife to Mysuru as she’s carrying (in her last stage of pregnancy); it is for care by our parents during this crucial time. Please let me know how and where I can get a pass. Suggest what is the best possible way to travel from Bengaluru to Mysuru.” – Harish Gajendra.
Bhaskar Rao: “No, you cannot travel anywhere. Please hold till lockdown orders are lifted. Kindly contact police officials in case of any emergency.”
Qn: “I’m a vegetable vendor. I bring vegetables from the market and sell to customers. I need a pass. Would they provide us (the pass) as I won’t have a shop license, but have all my documents like Aadhar and PAN card.” –Abhilash.
Bhaskar Rao: “You can get it from the APMC yard or wherever, as farmers are allowed to bring vegetables from villages and sell it to the vendors. Let the customers walk into your shop and buy vegetables as per their need.
Qn: “How to apply for e-passes for insurance sector as it is listed as essential service.” –Kiran Gaikwad.
Bhaskar Rao: “No. You are not allowed to travel and you will not be issued a pass.”
Qn: “I want to give one month extra pay to our workers as they are very poor. This situation was very sudden. So, I want this pass only for one day. It is a request because they don’t have food to eat.” –Khushal
Bhaskar Rao: “No. You can’t get a pass. Make an online payment and let your workers withdraw money at ATMs.”
Qn: “Our son studying in Manipal (near Udupi) is staying in the college hostel. The college declared a holiday only on 23rd March at 3 pm. Can you please give permission to pick him from hostel and bring him home.” –Divya MG.
Bhaskar Rao: “Yes you are allowed to bring your son home only after the lockdown is lifted. Let your son stay at his hostel till then.”
Qn: “I am from Davangere working in a diagnostic company in Bengaluru. Yesterday I did my health check-up and found my hemoglobin percentage is seriously high at 22.1. I consulted my doctor via phone and he insisted that I go back home as I am at higher stroke and cardiac risk. As I am alone and my family is in Davangere, I need to go back home and get the treatment. Kindly permit me to reach my home town.” – Raghavendra M R.
Bhaskar Rao: “Please stay wherever you are. You don’t have to travel to your hometown. No need to panic. In case of any emergency or health issues, call the police for help. They will ensure that you get medical help.”
Qn: “Sir, I need to get my 50-day-old child vaccinated. Can you pls issue…or let me know how to get it.” – Sharath.
Bhaskar Rao: “You can travel and no need to panic. You will not face any problems to consult doctors. Kindly carry the necessary medical certificates to get your child within city limits.”
[Update: Bengaluru City Police has released a detailed FAQ to respond to citizens’ questions about movement passes. Read the FAQ here].