LSU urge Govt to reform ILP system

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Dimapur, July 20: The Lotha Students Union (LSU) has urged the Government of Nagaland to reform the Inner Line Permit system, which the students’ union observed is at present being “carelessly enforced” with numerous loopholes enabling illegal immigrants to take advantage of the deficient system and enter the State illegally.
In a representation to the Chief Minister of Nagaland, the LSU asked the Government to promptly initiate reforms in the existing Inner Line Permit (ILP) system with a vision to effectively regulate and monitor the influx of immigrants into Nagaland.
The LSU recommended enactment of fresh ILP guidelines for Nagaland State, similar to guidelines for the Enforcement of the Inner Line Regulation in Mizoram (2006), with special emphasis on stringent scrutiny of applicants from certain illegal Bangladeshi immigrants infested districts of Assam such as Karimganj, Hailakandi, Nagaon, Cachar, etc.
It also recommended improving the new ILP system with the latest open source technology to empower administration and police for effectively regulating and monitoring all immigration activity in the State and integrate with Crime & Criminal Tracking Network & Systems (CCTNS) to enable the administration and police to check criminal record history of ILP applicants and guarantors.
LSU also suggested creation of online ILP portal with online form for ease of application for tourists without any physical touch points and provide reporting dashboard to CMO, Home Department, Police and Administration to monitor the ILP applications and analyze the immigration patterns into the State. It proposed mandating online system for validating all ILP’s from the secure Government server to eliminate corruption through forgery, manipulation of paper permits and records. The students’ body further recommended creating a separate ILP/Immigration cell within the Home department to effectively regulate and monitor all ILP related issues in the State.
In addition to the reform recommendations submitted to the Government, the LSU discussed at length with the Chief Minister in presence of Y Patton, Deputy Chief Minister, Mmhonlumo Kikon, MLA & Advisor and Viketol Sakhrie, Advisor to the Chief Minister and deliberated on the need for creating mass awareness, skill and capacity building measures for youths which will empower them to take up jobs, businesses and minimize dependency on outsiders.
The LSU also highlighted that a controlled environment is necessary for indigenous population to gradually adapt to trade and commerce and compete in the open market to build a thriving and progressive indigenous State and unless stringent policy actions are put in place, the rampant inflow of illegal immigrants poses a grave threat to disrupt the entire socio-economic and political environment in the State. It urged the Government to implement the reform recommendations and revamp the deficient ILP system to secure the future of the Nagas. (Page News Service)