An Indian citizen has the Freedom and Rights to travel and stay anywhere within the country. But in certain parts of the country, you simply can't do so. An Indian visiting these places from outside would need a certain type of permission or a travel permit called the Inner Line Permit (ILP).
The States of India under Inner Line Permit.
Out of the eight states of Northeast India, travelling to these four required an Inner line Permit.
- Arunachal Pradesh
Why Inner Line Permit?
So, why do we required an ILP to visit these places? Well, according to the government, it is done in order to protect its indigenous population and their unique culture.
The state governments of these states have the power to regulate the entry of people from other states. This prevents population influx from other parts of the country which is seen as a threat to the small domestic population’s identity.
It was first introduced by the British during the Colonial Era as a law under the “Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation Act” 1873. By this, the British restricted entry of Indians (which was then referred to as British Subjects) for allegedly protecting the tribal interests of the area. But the real reason was to safeguard their own commercial benefits within the region.
After Independence, in 1950, the Government of India decided not to rule out the Act and continued it to preserve the indigenous culture of the prevalent areas.
How to get an Inner Line Permit?
ILP can be obtained online as well as offline. The rules, types and validity of the permit may vary from state to state. A certain state government may provide different kind of a permit based on the purpose of your visit.
Below are the links to all the four state govt-issued websites that would provide you with all the information. You may find there a portal to apply online as well.
The permit should not discourage you from visiting these lovely places, as many people think it’s a hassle to obtain one. Getting a permit from any of these states is not as hard of a task but is quite a simple and quick process. All that is required is to submit a photocopy or scan copy (if done online) of a government-approved ID/Address proof, few passport size photos and the fee (which is quite minimal) and you can get going in no time.
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