Issuance of Inner Line Permits (ILP) for outsiders to resume from July 21 in Manipur Credit: File EastMojo image

Imphal: Manipur government on Monday has issued new notification to resume the issuance of Inner Line Permits (ILP) for outsiders intending to travel in the state from Tuesday onwards after four months of its temporary suspension amid COVID-19 pandemic.

Issuing of ILP will be resumed with effective from July 21 in all designated offices and police stations. All concerned offices may comply with this instruction, said special secretary (Home) H Gyan Prakash.

On March 17, chief minister N Biren Singh ordered temporary suspension of the issuance of all types of ILP from the counters of state, including e-ILP, to combat the spread of the virus. The issuing of ILP through the Manipur Bhavans located at Delhi, Kolkata and Guwahati were also suspended from March 18.

Since then, all entries into the state, including the tourists and visitors, have been restricted only in exceptional cases, including movement of people across the international border with Myanmar.

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ILP is an official travel document issued to Indian citizens but belonging to other states and who intends to enter Manipur for a limited period.

It may be worth mentioning that Manipur was brought under the ILP region, the fourth northeast state after Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Mizoram, from January 1 this year after long pending demands to protect the indigenous communities in the state.

Till date, the state has screened at least 3,09,977 people from various entry points and 71,703 samples have tested for COVID-19.

As on Monday, a total of 1,925 persons are tested positive for COVID-19, of which 605 are active cases and 1,320 patients have already recovered and sent home.

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