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Before Amit Shah’s visit to Manipur, a look at the ILP system

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Manipur’s Chief Minister N Biren Singh has said his government will honor Union Interior Minister Amit Shah for his role in introducing the Inner Line Permit (ILP) system in the northeastern state. Shah will be in Imphal on Sunday as part of his visit to the northeast. “We are also calling on people to attend the program that is being planned in appreciation of the role of the Union Interior Minister Amit Shahji in introducing the ILP (Inner Line Permit) system in the state,” Biren said. Singh.

Outsiders, including people from other states in the country, must obtain permission to visit states that are under the ILP regime. The objective of the ILP system is to prevent the settlement of other indigenous citizens in the states that comprise it to protect the indigenous population in terms of land, jobs and other facilities.

Here’s everything you need to know about the Inside Line Permit (ILP) system:

1. The ILP is issued to grant an Indian citizen one-way travel permit to a protected area for a limited period. The system was formally introduced in Manipur on January 1, 2020.

2. Manipur is the fourth state in the northeast where this system is applied. Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Mizoram are also under the ILP regime.

3. No Indian citizen can visit any of these states unless he belongs to that state, nor can he stay beyond the period specified in the ILP.

4. The concept of ILP comes from the colonial area. Under the Bengal East Frontier Regulation Act of 1873, the British framed regulations restricting entry and regulating the stay of outsiders in designated areas and were made to protect their own business interests in these areas.

5. The state government in question issues an ILP and can be obtained after submitting the application online or physically. The travel dates and the areas to which the ILP holder can travel are mentioned in the document.

6. Lawsuits for an ILP system have also been filed in several other northeastern states.

7. The system was also reviewed in the light of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill that makes it easier for non-Muslim refugees from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan to obtain Indian citizenship. If the CAB is implemented with provisions that exclude states under the ILP regime, it means that the CAB beneficiaries will become Indian citizens but will not be able to settle in these three states. The Center has not made any clear decisions regarding the status of the ILP.

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