Currently, the Inner Line Permit is operational in Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram and Nagaland.
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Inner Line Permit (ILP)
- Inner Line Permit is an official travel document required by Indian citizens residing outside certain “protected” states while entering them.
- Government of India issues ILP.
- It is obligatory for all those who reside outside the protected states.
- With the ILP, the government regulates movement to certain areas located near the international border of India.
- It can be issued for travel purposes solely. Visitors are not allowed to purchase property in these regions.
- ILP originated from the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulations, 1873 which prohibited “British subjects” or Indians from entering into these protected areas.
- The regulations were formed as British Crown’s interest in tea, oil and elephant trade.
- After Independence, in 1950, the word “British subjects” was replaced by Citizens of India.
- Also, the focus of the ban on free movement was explained as a bid to protect tribal cultures in northeastern India.