Is the Inner Line Permit System A Success?

Perhaps, it is too early to judge if the Inner Line Permit System (ILPS) which was officially implemented in the state from January 01, 2020 is a success or not, considering that over 33,000 non-locals have procured the permit to enter the state in January alone. More, the system has reportedly collected revenue of Rs 1 crore in just one month; that is something. But again, many were found to be without the permit who were given a temporary permit. So, perhaps, it is rather too early to say if the ILPS is a success or not. But one will accept the fact that it is a positive step from part of the government in implementing the system in the state after, what one would called, years of struggle and fight for the same, even blood be shed.

The Inner Line Permit System (ILPS) was finally and officially implemented in the state from January 01, 2020 much to the relief of the people of the state who has been demanding it for years now. The implementation comes following the historic move in December 2019 when Union Home Minister Amit Shah announced in the Parliament that the Inner Line Permit System (ILPS) would be extended to the state of Manipur and that the passing of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill will not have an impact on the state. He also assured that provisions under Article 371 will be affected by the Bill. The announcement could not have come at a better time when the people of Manipur have been demanding its implementation in the state for long, especially in view of the increasing influx of illegal immigrants into the state. More so, following the declaration of the final list of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) earlier this year in Assam wherein about 2 million people were left out. The outcome had created fear amongst the people of the state that such action would result in more illegal immigrants coming into the state and the only weapon was the implementation of the Inner Line Permit System (ILPS) in the state.

And as the Home Minister announced the extension of ILPS to the state of Manipur, one will not deny the joy and happiness the people must have felt; many were seen celebrating and thanking Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah. Though certain doubts might remain in the minds of some individuals or CSOs, what the people of Manipur must realise is that this was their victory. For decades they have been fighting for the implementation of the ILPS or for protection of their homeland and here was a result, finally. And with over 30,000 non-locals already procuring the permit, one thing is for sure – illegal immigrants have need checked and the influx of such in the state prevented, if not 100 percent, but to a great extend. And it is here that the people of the state comprising of every citizens, CSOs, student bodies and associations must get involved in keeping a check on influx of illegal immigrants and help the ILPS to be a success. 

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