Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu assured that the provisions of the CAA, 2019 will not be applicable in the state as the entire state is covered under the ILP.

The Inner Line Permit (ILP) was notified under the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation (BEFR), 1873.

Khandu’s assurance came during a meeting with the members of the All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU), which led by its president Hawa Bagang and general secretary Tobom Dai, called on the former at his office here on Monday.

It may be mentioned that massive protests continue across the country against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), 2019.

The new Act seeks to grant Indian citizenship to persons belonging to Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian communities who have migrated to India after facing persecution on grounds of religion in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh if they fulfil conditions for grant of citizenship.

During the meeting, the AAPSU members sought an official status of the government of Arunachal on Chakma-Hajong refugees illegally settled in Arunachal Pradesh following the enactment of Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019.

Khandu informed the delegation that the government of Arunachal Pradesh is examining the Act and will come up with its official position at the earliest.

He also said the ILP will be strengthened and strictly monitored.

“Necessary instructions have already been given to the chief secretary and director general of police to carry out the strict implementation of ILP in the entire state,” Khandu said.


Damien Lepcha is Northeast Now Correspondent in Arunachal Pradesh. He can be reached at: