IHRC NSB seeks ILP exemption for students, professionals

IHRC NSB seeks ILP exemption for  students, professionals
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Dimapur, March 4: The International Human Rights Council-Nagaland State Board has sought exemption from Inner Line Permit (ILP) in Dimapur District for students, teachers, doctors, nurses, all prominent religious leaders, senior citizens and differently abled and mentally challenged people.
In a memorandum to Governor of Nagaland, submitted through the office of Dimapur Deputy Commissioner today seeking certain modification in implementation of ILP in Dimapur, the IHRC was of the view that subjecting the thousands of non-indigenous students studying in Nagaland to procure ILP would cause undue psychological stress.
Stating that many indigenous students are studying outside Nagaland for higher and more advance education, it said helping non-indigenous students at this juncture will ensure a better scope and privilege for indigenous students and will send a good message to the people outside Nagaland.
On teachers, the IHRC NSB said teachers, particularly non-indigenous teachers, have been the backbone of Nagaland education system, and a matured progressive society cannot ignore their dedication and service towards education system in Nagaland. As such, they should be exempted, it said.
While not undermining Nagas in the field of medicine, it said modifying and exempting non-indigenous doctors and nurses will go a long way in the field of medicine and public health care, where both indigenous and non-indigenous doctors and nurses will be able to work hand in hand within and outside Nagaland state.
Stating that Constitution of India gives freedom to practice any religious (Article 25-28) and considering the sensitivity of issue, it said the Government should consider exempting all prominent religious leaders.
The IHRC added that differently abled and mentally challenged people are special groups who need special care, privileges and protection, as such exempting them should be the goal.
The memorandum was also of the view that there should be no rampant checking of ILP and collection of fines without the final setting up of the process, saying such act is equivalent to illegal or unauthorized collection.
The IHRC also suggested that there should be proper setting up of ILP booths in the check gates and ILP should be made easy to procure at such check gates after completing necessary formalities. Such check gates must be people friendly by providing temporary ILP paper lasting for a period of 7-10 days and within the time frame, the individual must apply for the original ILP according to his/her preference of the duration of stay in the state.
The council hoped that the recommendation made will be taken into consideration so as to maintain cordial relationship among the multitude of communities representing diverse cultures residing in Nagaland state. (Page News Service)