Imphal (Manipur), Jan 01 : Manipur became the fourth northeastern state after Nagaland, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh to come under the ILP regime after the Inner Line Permit came into effect in the state from today .
The implementation was approved by the state cabinet, chaired by Chief Minister N Biren Singh, on Sunday. The Manipur Inner Line Permit Guidelines, 2019 shall apply to the entire state, as stated in a gazette notification dated December 31, 2019,
The notification stated, “The ILP counters shall now be opened at every police station along the border. We had a meeting of SPs, DCs, SDOs and police personnel who will be at these offices to personally handle the issue. We should not harass anybody or create a panic situation because it is a normal Act within the Constitution. For the time being, it will be issued as per the ILP rules present orally,” said CM Biren Singh, adding that one should not create confusion over the cut-off base year, which will “automatically come up along with the NRC”.
It also added, “Any person who is not an indigenous person of state of Manipur or permanent resident of the state of Manipur, and entering the state, shall obtain a permit to enter the state called ‘Inner Line Permit’.” The notification further stated the exemptions too. It said the ILP would not be applicable to indigenous people, permanent residents of Manipur and their families.
All India Service Officers belonging to Manipur cadre and their families, central and state government officers and families, members of central paramilitary forces and armed forces and families, all executive members of recognised national and state political parties and students admitted to various educational institutions in Manipur holding valid ID card shall also be exempted from ILP.
The notification, while stating that the check gates shall be functional at entry and exit point in Mao, Jiribam, Jessami, Moreh, Behiang and Sinjowl also said that checking will be done inside vehicles, as far as possible, while also adding, that the process of checking would not cause problems to anyone and that there shall be no harassment to visitors. It also said that there would be efforts to avoid any undue delay.