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National Transit Pass System

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Source: IE

 Context: The Indian government has introduced the National Transit Pass System (NTPS), a unified platform for the seamless transport of forest goods across the country through a single permit.

  • Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, inaugurated the system, emphasizing its role in promoting transparency and simplifying transportation processes for forest and agro-forestry businesses.

  

Features:

  • The NTPS operates as a web portal and mobile application, enabling online filing of applications for permission to transport forest products and obtain no-objection certificates (NOCs).
  • The system replaces the need for merchants and farmers to obtain permits from multiple states for inter-state transportation of forest and agro-forestry products.
  • The QR-coded permits issued by NTPS are machine-readable and can be decoded by any state forest department in the country, streamlining the process and reducing the time taken to obtain permits.

The initiative aims to facilitate one-nation-one-pass transportation for forest products, enhancing the ease of doing business for timber merchants and farmers involved in agro-forestry.