INNER LINE PERMIT
What is an ILP, exactly:
- It is a document that non-natives must have in order to visit or stay in a state protected by the ILP system.
- Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Manipur, and Nagaland are the four Northeastern states now covered. For entry into Lakshadweep, an inner line permit is also required.
- The ILP determines both the length of stay and the locations that non-natives are permitted to visit.
- The ILP is issued by the state government in question and can be obtained either online or in person.
- Only domestic tourists are eligible for an ILP.
The reason behind this is that:
- The Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation Act of 1873 is extended by the Inner Line Permit.
- Following the British occupation of the Northeast, colonists began exploiting the region and its resources for financial gain.
- In the Brahmaputra Valley, they first established tea plantations and oil businesses.
- The indigenous tribes of the hills would raid the plains on a regular basis, looting and plundering the tea plantations, oil rigs, and trading facilities established by the British East India Company.
- The BEFR 1873 was enacted in this context.
Source: THE HNDU.