Former Manipur chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh addressing the media in Imphal. (File image)

Former Manipur chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh on Sunday said the issue of Inner Line Permit (ILP) regulations will be discussed at the special Assembly session scheduled for Monday.

Interacting with media, Ibobi Singh said though the ILP regulations are in place in the State, but there is a lot left to be done as far as the actual ground realities regarding the proper implementation of the Act are concerned.

Ibobi Singh also said the recently published Gazette notification on ILP guidelines on December 31 last does not clearly define what ‘indigenous people’ and ‘permanent residents’ mean and who all are to be affected by these two clauses.

Stating that the Congress party in the State was taking up the matter of the ILP regulations not to gain political mileage, Ibobi Singh said that the ruling and the opposition parities need to discuss threadbare all the aspects of the ILP which still are not clear in the minds of the people of the State.

He questioned the logics of the ILP regulations that could exempt people coming into the State from the purview of the regulations.

Ibobi Singh went on to ask the state government if students coming for MBBS studies at premier medical colleges like the RIMS and JNIMS would be required to get five-year permits and would they have to surrender these permits at the completion of their studies.

He further questioned on how the ILP was meant to reflect on students, businessmen and workers coming to the state as it lacks clarity in its approach to the whole problem of influx.

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