On July 23, 2020, Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Prakash Keshav Javadekar virtually launched the piloting of the National Transit Pass System (NTPS) from Indira Paryavaran Bhawan in New Delhi, as another step towards Digital India Movement. The pilot project will be functional in Madhya Pradesh (MP) and Telangana, and by this Diwali it will be operational in pan India.
- NTPS will replace manual paper-based transit system by online transit system enabling ease of movement of timber, bamboo and other minor forest produce.
- In this regard, people can apply and receive e-Passes for transit of forest produce from mobile application without physically going to forest department offices.
Need of NTPS
The transit of timber, bamboo and other forest produce is governed by various state specific rules and regulations. Though state governments have exempted many species from requirements of transit permits, however many species still require transit pass (TP). Also, a species exempted in one state, may not be exempted in other states and transit of such species in another state requires transit pass.
- Therefore, this newly launched system will save time and energy of individuals with seamless movement of forest produce across India thereby enhancing the income of rural people.
About Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC):
Prakash Keshav Javadekar Constituency– Maharashtra
Minister of State (MoS)– Babul Supriyo
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