Imphal: Manipur government will resume issuing of Inner Line Permit (ILP) from Tuesday, July 21. The State Home department, in a notification, said that ILP will be resumed in all the designated centres and police stations. ILP is a travel document which a non-native is required to carry while travelling in any of the four states in North East where it is enforced.
Inner Line Permit (ILP) regime was implemented in Manipur on January 1, 2020, after the Union Home Minister, Amit Shah’s government issued notification for the extension following Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Mizoram. The State government suspended the issuing of the permit since March 18 as part of precautionary measures to check the spread of COVID-19 in the State. Till date, the state has screened at least 3,09,977 people from various entry points and 71,703 samples have tested for COVID-19.
The government move to resume ILP was at a time while many civil society organisations, particularly Joint Committee on Inner Liner Permit System (JCILPS) alleged the infiltration of migrant workers into the State despite the suspension of the issuing of ILP.