National Transit Pass System

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Recently, the union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change launched the National Transit Pass System (NTPS) pan-India.

About National Transit Pass System

  • It is to facilitate the seamless transit of timber, bamboo, and other forest produce across the country.
  • Currently, the transit permits are issued for transport of timber and forest produce based on state specific transit rules.
  • The NTPS is envisioned as a "One Nation-One Pass" regime, which will enable seamless transit across the country.
  • This initiative will streamline the issuance of timber transit permits by providing a unified, online mode for tree growers and farmers involved in agroforestry across the country, contributing to the ease of doing business.
  • It offers seamless transit permits, managing records for both inter-state and intra-state transportation of timber, bamboo and other forest produce obtained from various sources like private lands, government owned forest and private depots.
  • The QR coded transit permits generated under NTPS will allow check gates across various states to verify the validity of the permits and allow seamless transit.
  • It is designed for user convenience, featuring desktop and mobile applications for easy registration and permit applications.
  • Transit permits will be issued for tree species which are regulated, while the users can self-generate No Objection Certificates for exempted species.
  • Presently, 25 States and Union Territories have embraced the unified permit system, streamlining interstate business operations for producers, farmers, and transporters.
  • Nodal Ministry: Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change

Q1) What is Bamboo?

It is a subfamily of tall treelike grasses of the family Poaceae, comprising more than 115 genera and 1,400 species. Bamboos are distributed in tropical and subtropical to mild temperate regions, with the heaviest concentration and largest number of species in East and Southeast Asia and on islands of the Indian and Pacific oceans.

Source: Shri Bhupender Yadav launches National Transit Pass System (NTPS)-‘One Nation-One Pass’ to facilitate the seamless transit of timber, bamboo, and other forest produce across the country