‘Movement Pass’ a must for going outside

Journos don’t require it

Staff Correspondent

14 April, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Bangladesh Police on Tuesday launched ‘movement pass’ app for people, who want to go out for emergencies during the weeklong complete lockdown effective from today (Wednesday).

However, journalists of both print and electronic media don’t require taking the pass.

People can obtain the pass by visiting the app at movementpass.police.gov.bd. Conditional permission will be granted for a specified period of time.

Inspector General of Police Benazir Ahmed inaugurated the app at a programme in Dhaka’s Rajarbagh Police Lines Tuesday, a day before the weeklong strict lockdown.

So that media (print and electronic) people will not require the movement pass for the movement.

Benazir Ahmed said, “We don't want to see anyone on the streets unnecessarily, and we don't want to put any pressure. Those, who want to go outside, should take the movement pass and return home as soon as possible.”

“It can be used in case of extreme need. One can apply once with a phone number and a car number plate. Anyone can take a pass in case of urgency,” he said.

The server saw around 1,25,000 people across the country have applied for the movement pass in the first hour of the app launch. Moreover, at least 15,000 applications are being submitted per minute, according to Police Headquarters data.

According to the Police Headquarters, movement pass will be required to go out during lockdown in the case of emergency or official work such as getting Covid-19 vaccine immunization, shopping from grocery shops, kitchen markets and medicine shops; having medical services, joining agricultural works, goods transportation, supply, relief materials supply, burial or cremation activities and other things under other categories.

How to apply for movement pass: One needs to visit movementpass.police.gov.bd, and put his or her mobile phone number to have a one-time password in the mobile phone to go through the process to get the movement pass.

Necessary information: People should enter their names, gender, age, reasons for movement, scheduled date and time for movement, NID card, information about vehicles and image.

For instance, someone wants to go from Mirpur to Motijheel. He took a pass on April 15. He wants the pass for a movement on April 16.

As he mentioned, the starting time on April 16 is 2:00pm, the return time is 5:00pm. So, the validity of the pass is till 5:00pm on April 16.

However, all are not allowed to have the movement pass. Only those who have emergency reasons for movement can apply for it.