Union Government on 5 December 2013 rejected the demand for introduction of Inner Line Permit (ILP) system in Meghalaya, saying the Constitution does not provide for expanding the special provision to new areas.
In a communication to the Meghalaya government, the Union Home Ministry has conveyed that it was bound by Article 19 (D) of the Constitution which allows any Indian citizen to move freely throughout the territory of the country.
What is Inner Line Permit?
1.Inner Line Permit is an official travel document issued by an empowered State government to allow inward travel of an Indian citizen into a protected or restricted area for a limited period.
2.It is obligatory for Indian citizens from outside those States to obtain permit for entering the protected State.
3.The document is an effort by the government to regulate movement to certain areas located near the international borders.
4.Inner Line Permit is issued under the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation, 1873. Currently, ILP is in force in Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Mizoram.
5.Recently, various organisations in Meghalaya have been demanding introduction of ILP claiming the demography of the State has been changed due to the unabated influx.
Who: Union Government
What: Inner Line Permit (ILP)
When: 5 December 2013