Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio on Thursday launched an Inland Line Permit (ILP) portal that includes more categories of applicants in his field.
Speaking on the occasion, Rio said that the online broadcast of ILP for tourists was launched in November 2019, while the new module will cover other categories such as employers, traders, workers, priests and students. It is part of the government’s effort to provide public services in a more efficient and easy-to-use way, he said.
The ILP is a document that allows non-indigenous people from outside the state to enter or stay temporarily in Nagaland. It is currently in force in three northeastern states: Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Mizoram.
The Chief Minister said that the ILP is a tool to protect the indigenous peoples of Nagaland and that the concept comes from the East Bengal Border Regulation Act of 1873. It was included as part of the agreement of 16 points that led to the formation of the state in 1963. With strict deadlines and follow-up, it should be possible to see that the approval process is not abused and ILP applicants are also happy, he said.
Rio said the online ILP would allow authorities to capture all visitor data from the state, analyze it, and help plan better facilities for them. The Chief Minister also advocated for more government services to be available online so that people can use the services through their computers, mobile devices or from computer service centers.
Information and Communication Technology and Science and Technology Advisor Mmhonlumo Kikon reported that a total of 17,786 online ILP applications have been received so far. He said the new module is easy to use and can be accessed by anyone. Kikon said that with a new system in place, the Nagaland government will be able to check the outflow and entry of visitors to the state.
In a briefing on the ILP portal, Chief Secretary Abhijit Sinha said that with the new module, all categories of visitors can now apply for permits online from the comfort of their home. Sinha said the offline mode will continue for a while and the government will make one last call later.
-With PTI tickets