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IHRC memorandum on ILP to governor

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 3/5/2020 12:25:34 PM IST

 Respected Sir,

The present situation in Nagaland has been a complete farrago for the past few days with the implementation of ILP (Inner Line Permit) in the commercial hub (Dimapur) of Nagaland.

We understand that the ILP was extended in the larger interest of Indigenous people for which we extend our sincere appreciation. However, we the International Human Rights Council (IHRC) Nagaland State Board (NSB) as an organization which functions under the principle of “Humanity” would like to make some statement for certain modifications on the implementation of ILP in Dimapur for certain group of people (Non-indigenous) on the basis of humanitarian ground. The following lines are the modifications which is required for certain group of people (non-indigenous):-

1. Students: The IHRC- Nagaland State Board is concern about the thousands of non-indigenous students who are studying in Nagaland. Subjecting the students to procure ILP will cause undue psychological stress and also the student community being a category of people who doesnot generate any income will face untold hardships. It is also a fact that many of the indigenous Nagaland Students are and shall go outside of Nagaland for higher and more advance education. Helping the non-indigenous students at this juncture will ensure a better scope and privileges for the indigenous students and will sent out a good message to the people outside of Nagaland- India. Thus, in the process of implementation of ILP, there should be some modifications where the students (non-indigenous) are exempted. It is a belief that by exempting the Students community it is a right step.

2. Teachers: The Teachers community, particularly the non-indigenous teachers has been the backbone of Nagaland education system. In the rural areas of Nagaland including Dimapur, though with minimum wages they have been serving the general Nagas since several decades and we all are at one point or the other have been a student of this particular group of teachers. So as a matured progressive society we cannot ignore their dedication and selfless service towards education system in Nagaland. As such, there should be some modifications for them as well and they should be exempted.

3. Doctors, nurses: Health being the main issue with the passing of time for every individual and as such we all seek for the best, making the demand of this group of people higher who are professionals and specialist in their own respective fields. Not underestimating the Nagas in the field of medical fraternity but modifying and exempting this group of people will go a long way in the field of medicine and public health care, where both the specialist of indigenous and non-indigenous doctors and nurses will be able to work hand in hand within and outside of Nagaland state for the safety and welfare of humanity.

4. All prominent religious leaders (Christians, Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Buddhist, etc.): The Constitution of India itself gives a freedom to practise any religion (Article 25-28) and considering the sensitivity of this particular matter which have let to disharmony in different parts of the world, the indigenous people of Nagaland can be the agent of good hope in making sure that such above mentioned disorders are prevented. Respecting the Constitution and in tuning with its beliefs and principles, the Government should consider this particular sector in the modification and exempt them.

5. Senior citizens: On the matters of Senior Citizens (non-indigenous) of Nagaland. Persons belonging to octogenarian category and above residing in Nagaland should be exempted from ILP. This also includes Senior Citizens those who are physically unwell and unfit, bedridden. In practical, this old age individuals have spent most of their life in Nagaland and thus considering their contributions and valuable services that they have rendered in any form or profession, the Government should work out for modifications and exempt them as well.

6. Differently abled and mentally challenged people (with certificate as proof): Differently abled and mentally challenged people are a special group of people who needs special care, privileges and protection. This special group of people are unable to earn their livelihood or cannot earn as much as a normal individual does, they cannot take care of themselves. They do not know what is consciousness or the conscious world in the case of mentally challenged people. As such they have to be taken care and financially supported by their family members. Thus in considering their special case and exempting them should be our goal as achieving the highest achievement in serving humanity.

In addition to the above mentioned modifications on the system of ILP, the IHRC- Nagaland State Board would also like to give some suggestions:- 

1. IHRC- Nagaland State Board also believes that indigenous people of Nagaland are in the state of confusion due to lack of proper awareness about ILP and its proper function and process which are suppose to be given by the concern government for better understanding during the process of ILP. 2. There should be no rampant checking of ILP and collection of fines without the final setting up of the process. Such act are equivalent to illegal or unauthorized collection. 3. There should be proper setting up of “ILP booths” in the check gates and ILP should be made easy to procure at such check gates after completing necessary formalities. Such check gates must be people friendly by providing a temporary ILP paper lasting for a period of 7- 10 days and within that time frame the individual must apply for the original ILP paper according to his/her preference of the duration to stay in the state. The above recommendations are purely on humanitarian ground. It is our firm belief that the recommendations made will be taken into consideration so as to maintain the cordial relationship among the multitude of communities representing diverse cultures residing in Nagaland state. 

Akavi N Zhimomi President, C Konyak Gen Secretary of International Human Rights Council (IHRC) NSB

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