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Manipur group firm on ILP

Imphal, Nov. 10: The Joint Committee on Inner Line Permit System, Manipur today said it would start issuing forms for Inner Line Permit to all non-Manipuris staying in the state from November 19 if the government failed to implement it.

The committee, a conglomeration of citizens’ organisations, is spearheading the campaign for implementation of the system in the state.

Joy Chingakham, the spokesperson for the committee, said, “We have set November 18 as the deadline for the government to implement the system. If nothing comes by this date we will start issuing forms for stay permit to be given to all non-Manipuris staying in Manipur from November 19”.

He said the last date for submission of forms was December 19. The forms will be issued from the office of Federation of Regional Indigenous Societies, an Imphal-based NGO.

The cost of one form will be Rs 50 and the permit would be issued for 20 days, one month and six months and the fee for the permit would be fixed after seeing the fee patterns of Nagaland, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh, where the system exists.

He said domicile certificates and other documents that could establish the applicant’s claim as a citizen of India should be submitted at the time of submission of the form.

The issue of permit would be exempted for non-Manipuri government employees posted in the state, students studying in educational institutions and those coming for sports and cultural events, he said. Non-Manipuris living in Manipur before August 15, 1947 would not require the permit.

The joint committee constitutes four sub-committees to deal with publicity, financial matters, mobilisation and distribution and collection of forms.

It is trying to talk to chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh on the issue as it foresees “obstructions” from the government to its issue of forms and Inner Line Permit to non-Manipuris.

“We are trying to talk to the chief minister. However, there is no response from his office as the chief minister is away on a foreign tour. But we are determined and committed to enforce the permit system if the government fails to implement it by November 18,” he said.