Mounting clamour for Inner Line Permit in Manipur

By Akash Agarwal, Amity Law School, Noida.

In the law few days, there has been a major outcry, by the people of Manipur, for the introduction of the Inner Line Permit and for the withdrawal of Manipur Regulation of Visitors, Tenants and Migrant Workers Bill, 2015. Manipur witnessed widespread protests, which subsequently resulted in withdrawal of the Bill by the Manipur Legislative Assembly. The reason behind the said protests was the lacunas in the present Bill, which were unsatisfactory to the natives of the city, consequently raising a popular demand for the Inner Line Permit. The 11-page Bill contains provisions that require changes, in order to make the Bill more specific as per the demands of the public. The introduction page of the Bill states, “A Bill to provide for registration of visitors, tenants and migrant workers for their safety and security and for maintenance of public order in the State of Manipur and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.” (more…)