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MoCA Urges Uniform Policy

With more and more air travelers facing issues in the country, the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) has expressed concern over lack of uniform policies on quarantine guidelines of various State Governments.

A number of complaints have been brought to the notice of the authorities in this regard, officials said on Tuesday.

Notably, domestic air travel allowed from May 25 initially with one third of the approved summer schedule of flights has now been limited to 60 per cent.

Officials admit that there is no uniform quarantine protocol issued by different state governments.

While Union Ministries of Home Affairs (MHA) and Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) have issued detailed guidelines for domestic travel by air, train and inter-state bus travel, several states are issuing guidelines according to their convenience, the officials said.

Meanwhile, the MoCA has held several rounds of discussion with all the stakeholders, including the State Governments in this regard to impress upon them to adopt guidelines reflecting the true spirit of the protocols issued by the MHA.

Notably, the Karnataka Government has come up with a revised guideline which is true in spirit of the guidelines issued by the MHA, said the officials.

As per the latest revised protocol issued by Karnataka Government, asymptomatic inter-state travelers can report to work or perform their activities in the State without any requirement of 14 days home quarantine.
 
However, they are required to self-monitor their health for 14 days from the date of arrival.

It is only in case of symptomatic passengers (suggestive COVID-19), self-isolation and medical consultation has been stipulated.

MoCA has advised the State Governments to consider revising the quarantine guidelines on the lines of Karnataka.

Sources in the knowledge of the development said that Joint Secretary Civil Aviation Usha Padhee is advising the State Administrations to adopt similar quarantine protocols for the benefit of the air travelers while adhering to the notified guidelines of MHA.
 


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