New Delhi: As lockdown 3.0 has kicked in with several relaxations, the Rajasthan state government has tightened the noose around movements across the border. On Wednesday, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot announced to seal all interstate boundaries of Rajasthan to prevent any unauthorised entry of persons. Holding a high-level meeting late on Wednesday night, the CM directed the officials to seal the border with immediate effect and regulate the interstate boundaries so that those who have permission from the state government could enter. Also Read - China Reports 51 New Coronavirus Cases, Mostly in Wuhan

But why now? According to reports, there has been an unprecedented increase in the number of novel coronavirus cases in many states of the country in the past few days. “It has been decided to seal the borders with the possibility of people in large numbers entering without permission from other states of the country,” he said in a statement. Also Read - 'Cases on Rise, But Delhi Under Control,' Says CM Kejriwal as COVID-19 Tally in Capital Crosses 13,000-mark

The chief minister said protecting the lives of the people was the top priority. He said the permission for interstate traffic would be given only by strictly adhering to the guidelines and conditions issued by the Union Home Ministry. Also Read - India Records Over 6,000 COVID-19 Cases For 4th Consecutive Day, Total Tally Reaches 1,38, 845; Death Toll Crosses 4,000-mark

Only in cases of medical emergency and family death, the collector of the state will be able to issue an e-pass, which will have to be reported to the Home Department on the same day. Apart from this, only after the prior permission of the Rajasthan government, other states will issue permits to enter Rajasthan, according to the statement.

The chief minister said on the recommendation of the district collector, the approval will be issued at the level of the Home Department to the person who fulfils the eligibility for travelling outside the state.

No other officer will give permission for this. If anyone gives permission, action will be taken against him, Mr Gehlot said. He instructed that people coming from abroad would be quarantined for 14 days and they would be subjected to a COVID-19 test.

Those violating the home quarantine directive will necessarily be placed in the government institutional quarantine and an FIR will also be lodged against them, he said.

Several states sealed their borders during the initial outbreak of the pandemic situation.

(With PTI Inputs)