Former ABSU president Promod Boro. Image: Northeast Now.

The All Bodo Students’ Union (ABSU) president Promod Boro has said that the entire Northeastern region should be brought under the Inner Line Permit (ILP) system.

“Only some states of the Northeast have the ILP system. The Government of India should bring the entire Northeast under the ILP system to protect the interests of the indigenous people,” The Assam Tribune quoted Boro as saying.

He said although the Bodoland Territorial Autonomous Districts (BTAD) will not come under the purview of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), the ABSU is opposed to the Act.

The areas under the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution and the states having ILP system have kept out of the ambit of the CAA.

Boro said the ABSU is opposed to any move of the government that would affect the indigenous and tribal people of the Northeast.

He said that even though the ABSU is not actively participating in the movement against the CAA, the ABSU has extended moral support to the anti-CAA movement launched by the AASU and 30 ethnic bodies of the State.

The ABSU president pointed out that it is still not clear whether a foreigner would be able to enter the Sixth Schedule and ILP areas after he or she gets Indian citizenship.

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