Kohima: The Nagaland Public Rights Awareness and Action Forum (NPRAAF) has appealed the state government to issue an official memorandum enforcing Inner Line Permit (ILP) across all districts in letter and spirit to “safeguard the indigenous rights of the people of Nagaland” at the earliest.
In the backdrop of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016, the NPRAAF said, it becomes important for the enforcement of the regulation across the state and not only in Dimapur as “the ILP will identify foreigners, especially the illegal immigrants, illegal foreigners and refugees, apart from the indigenous Nagas".
Invoking the 16-point Indo-Naga Agreement which enforces ILP in the state, NPRAAF further said: "The said regulation will protect the state from illegal immigrants, illegal foreigners and refugees in applying of Indian citizenship to settle in the state as no other person except the indigenous inhabitant of Nagaland can even acquire land permanently as per Nagaland Land Revenue Regulation Act 1978.”
Opposing the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016, NPRAAF appealed all Nagas "to put heads together to prevent minimum damages following the Bill, even as we continue to democratically and jointly express our resentment".
ILP is an offshoot of the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulations 1873 which requires official travel document issued by the government of India to allow inward travel of Indian citizen into a protected area for a limited period.