After Manipur and Meghalaya, the demand for the introduction of the Inner Line Permit (ILP) system is gaining momentum in Assam.
A group of organisations of the Northeast, led by Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuva Chhatra Parishad (AJYCP), staged a dharna in New Delhi on Tuesday demanding its introduction in Assam.
Currently, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Mizoram are ‘protected’ through the system of Inne Line Permit. A domestic tourist is required to obtain an ILP to visit these States. Foreign tourists, other than from countries such as Pakistan, Afghanistan, China and Bangladesh, are issued the Protected Area Permit (PAP).
In the past two years, Manipur has witnessed a series of violent protests by groups and organisations over the demand to introduce ILP in the State. Similar protests were seen in Meghalaya too. In Assam, the demand to introduce the system is spearheaded by the AJYCP.
‘Time calls for the immediate introduction of ILP which can rescue Assam from the danger of the (illegal Bangladeshi) immigrants,’AJYCP president Biraj Kumar Talukdar said.