DIMAPUR, APRIL 24: Ever since Deputy Commissioner, Dimapur Sachin Jaiswal notified that a Joint Task Force comprising of District Administration and police will be responsible to conduct regular Inner Line Permit (ILP) checking and maintain vigil for the strict implementation of ILP in Dimapur, there has been a sense of confusion amongst the people settled in the commercial hub of the State who have documentary evidences proving their settlement in Dimapur prior to the cut-off date of November 21,1979.
The notification issued by Dimapur Deputy Commissioner on April 19, 2023, did not state anything about how a person can get a certificate of exemption.
On Monday, Jaiswal told Nagaland Page at his office at DC Office Complex, Dimapur, that there will be no harassment of people.
When questioned about the exemption form that people can avail, he stated that the issue of exemption is still under discussion and people who have the necessary documents to prove their settlement in Dimapur prior to the cut-off date must not worry.
He agreed when suggested if it will be enough if someone who has relevant documents that date prior to November 21, 1979, chooses to simply carry them in the absence of an exemption certificate.
He said that people can get the ILPs from the DC Office and information related to all the necessary documentary requirements for ILPs can be availed online.
He also added that if people want they can get ILPs completely online.
While Jaiswal clarified that the online portal (https://ilp.nagaland.gov.in) is maintained by the Department of Information Technology & Communication and not directly by the District Administration, it needs to be mentioned that there remains confusion among people who entered Dimapur after the cut-off date and want to apply for ILPs online, but don’t find their relevant categories listed (like bank employee, housewife, etc.) which include just “Domestic & Foreign Tourist”, “Trader & Businessman”, “Student”, “Labourer”, and “Priest & Teacher”.
Amidst these, voices of discontent have been raised in Assam over the extension of the ILP system to the entire Dimapur district.
The Times of India reported that a Citizens’ Rights Preservation Committee (CRPC) Assam, an NGO, expressed its agony over the notification issued by the DC Dimapur.
“Dimapur is the commercial hub and has a mixed population, often referred to as ‘mini India’. People speaking Bengali, Bihari, Marwari, Punjabi and other languages have been living in Dimapur for decades. With the ILP system being implemented after the notification issued by the Dimapur DC on April 19, the 1.5 lakh non-tribal people living in Dimapur have been left with an uncertain future”, said CRPC general secretary Sadhan Purkayastha.
“We demand the immediate withdrawal of the ILP system not only from Dimapur but also from Manipur, a Northeastern State that has also been recently brought under the purview of it”, said the CRPC functionaries, according to the ToI report.
(Page News Service)