Ggm man moves Delhi HC: ‘Saral por­tal not user-friendly’

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - HTSPOTLIGH­T - Hi­ten­der Rao hrao@htlive.com

RAN­DOM SAM­PLING’ WILL BE DONE ACROSS STATE; FO­CUS WILL BE ON HIGH-RISK AR­EAS AND IN­DI­VID­U­ALS

LAWYER SAY HE COULD NOT AP­PLY FOR A PASS TO EN­TER DELHI DE­SPITE WAST­ING ONE AND A HALF HOURS ON THE WEB POR­TAL

CHANDIGARH: Rais­ing doubts on the ef­fi­ciency of Saral Haryana web por­tal, used for is­su­ing elec­tronic passes for in­ter-state move­ment be­tween Delhi and Haryana, a Gur­gaon res­i­dent on Tues­day filed an in­ter­ven­tion ap­pli­ca­tion in the Delhi high court seek­ing di­rec­tions to Haryana govern­ment to al­low the in­ter-state move­ment of ad­vo­cates on iden­tity cards is­sued by bar as­so­ci­a­tions.

The mat­ter will be heard on Wed­nes­day by a Delhi HC di­vi­sion bench of Jus­tices Hima Kohli and Subra­mo­nium Prasad.

Fol­low­ing an un­der­tak­ing given by the Haryana govern­ment on May 14 that e-passes for in­ter-state move­ment of all per­sons en­gaged in pro­vid­ing es­sen­tial ser­vices, in­clud­ing med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als, will be is­sued within 30 min­utes of the re­ceipt of the ap­pli­ca­tion, the Delhi high court had dis­posed of a pub­lic in­ter­est lit­i­ga­tion (PIL).

Each e-pass will be valid for the en­tire du­ra­tion of the lock­down and can be used for mul­ti­ple vis­its, the state govern­ment told the HC. The PIL had sought court di­rec­tions to stop the Haryana govern­ment from re­strict­ing the in­ter-state move­ment of med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als.

The ap­pli­cant, Govind Swa­roop Chaturvedi, a lawyer who prac­tices in Delhi said in his in­ter­ven­ing ap­pli­ca­tion that he was re­sid­ing in Gu­ru­gram and has his chamber at Patiala House in New Delhi.

Chaturvedi said in his ap­pli­ca­tion that since he was be­ing stopped from en­ter­ing Delhi with­out a move­ment pass, he tried to ap­ply for e-pass on May 18 at www.sar­al­haryana.gov.in. How­ever, he could not suc­ceed even af­ter wast­ing more than one and a half hours.

“The web­site is not user­friendly. While up­load­ing the iden­tity card in pdf for­mat from a lap­top, the Saral Haryana web­site asks for up­load­ing im­age files only. How­ever, when the same was tried from a mo­bile phone, the web­site said that file size should be less than 500 KB,’’ the ap­pli­ca­tion reads.

It is sub­mit­ted that when the ap­pli­cant asked his col­leagues in Gu­ru­gram, it came to the fore that they also could not ap­ply.

In their case, the web­site it­self did not open, the ap­pli­ca­tion said.

“Di­rec­tions be given to the Haryana govern­ment to al­low the ve­hi­cles of ad­vo­cates in the na­tional cap­i­tal re­gion (NCR) with stick­ers of bar as­so­ci­a­tions of Delhi to en­ter the UT. This should be done in­stead of ap­ply­ing for an e-pass, which a cum­ber­some and dif­fi­cult process re­quir­ing tech­ni­cal help. Ad­di­tion­ally, valid iden­tity cards of the ad­vo­cates is­sued by bar as­so­ci­a­tions could also be checked to al­low en­try,’’ the ap­pli­ca­tion said.

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