11 December, 2019
Syllabus subtopic: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.
Prelims focus: About ILP and the areas where it is required, CAB, NRC
Mains focus: Concerns of the northeast states against Citizenship Amendment Bill, its consequences
News: Even as the Lok Sabha debated the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019, on Monday, the Nagaland government extended the Inner Line Permit (ILP) system to Dimapur, the commercial hub of the State.
What does it mean?
The decision makes it mandatory for “every non-indigenous person” who entered the district after November 21, 1979, to obtain an ILP within 90 days. They would have to produce documents as evidence to get a certificate from the Deputy Commissioner for exemption from the permit system.
There have been protests across the northeastern States against the Bill that nullifies the 1985 Assam Accord, which called for detection and deportation of anyone who entered the State after March 24, 1971.
The Bill makes the Accord redundant as it is likely to benefit nonMuslims among the over 19 lakh people excluded from the National Register of Citizens.
Other areas/states where ILP is required
Except Dimapur, the ILP has been applicable to the rest of Nagaland. Known as “mini India”, Dimapur district has a mixed population.
Exempt from CAB Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram, protected by the ILP requirement, have been exempted from the provisions of the CAB along with the whole of Meghalaya, Mizoram and the tribal areas of Tripura and Assam as covered in the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution. Residents of other States have to mandatorily obtain an ILP to visit the protected States.
ILP extended to Manipur
Manipur would be brought under the ILP system, exempting it from provisions of the CAB. Except nontribal areas in Assam and Tripura, the entire northeast has been exempted from the CAB.
About Inner Line Permit
Source: The Hindu
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