- Ram Nath Kovind, President of India signed an order to extend the Inner Line Permit (ILP)regime to Manipur.
- The decision was taken after the announcement of the extension of the ILP to Northeastern state by Amit Shah, Minister of Home Affairs (MHA)in Lok Sabha.
- Manipur is the fourth state to have the ILP after Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Mizoram. Other state citizens require ILP to visit these states in terms of Section 2 of the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulations, 1873.
- The extension will exclude the state from the provisions of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019, the bill has been cleared after receiving nod from Rajya Sabha.
- ILP is an official travel document issued by the Government of India to allow the inward citizens to travel into a protected area for a limited period of time.
- The document is an initiative taken by the Indian Government to regulate movements to areas located in the international border of India.
- The bill to implement ILP in Manipur was introduced in 2018 by the Government of Manipur, and was approved on 10 December 2019.