In a move that would make a hassle free entry possible for domestic visitors to Arunachal Pradesh, Chief Minister Pema Khandu has launched the e-Inner Line Permit (eILP). The Inner Line Permit is an official travel document issued by the central government to allow inward travel of an Indian citizen into a protected/restricted area for a limited period. Also Read - Safer Internet Day 2021: Here's how you can ensure your online securityAlso Read - Mobile internet services suspended on Delhi borders till February 2
Visitors can now apply and obtain the mandatory inner line permit online from Arunachalilp.com. Special Secretary Information Technology, Prince Dhawan said that visitors will receive the ILP with unique identity number and codes in soft copy in their emails after fulfilling all criteria online.
This can be displayed on their mobile handsets or tablets at the entry gates. ILPs can also be obtained at entry gates and other designated places (like Guwahati airport) physically on payment of fees.
The permit system, which is still in force in Nagaland as well as Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh, derives from the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulations, 1873. It is obligatory for the Indian citizens, not residents of those states, to obtain the permit for entering the restricted areas.
Congratulating the department for the ‘historic’ initiative, Khandu expressed optimism that with the hassle-free and paperless system there would be a significant increase in the number of visitors to the state as they will now avail ILPs from their homes without having to go to the designated offices physically. ALSO READ: One online security breach can push bank by $1.75 million: Kaspersky
He, however, emphasised on providing training to the personnel at designated offices of Resident Commissioners, Deputy Resident Commissioners and Deputy Commissioners in various states so that they are familiar with the system and can issue ILPs without creating any confusion for the applicants.
The Chief Minister also stressed that verification of documents submitted must be thorough and the system be error free so that it is not misused or manipulated. As the issued ILP will now have Barcodes and QR codes for verification, Khandu said the security personnel manning the entry gates will have to be properly trained and equipped so that entries with fake ILPs are checked and genuine ILP holders are not subjected to inconvenience. For this, he requested the department to hold an exclusive training session for the police. ALSO READ: WB government to set up a platform to integrate multiple online services
The Chief Minister was told that the present system is designed to cater only to domestic visitors but the department is working on offering a similar platform to foreign visitors also.