Ladakh Administration has excluded the requirement for an Inner Line Permit (ILP) for all Indian nationals who try to visit preserved areas of the union territory.
Ladakh administration declared information about the Inner Line Permit on August 6, 2021. According to information, the demand for an Inner Line Permit for Indian nationals, including domestic visitors and local citizens has been entirely eliminated in order to visit the preserved areas.
Limitation on the stay of foreign tourists has also been loosened from seven days to 15 days in travel tours of neighbouring areas like Nyoma, Nubra and places in Leh and Kargil divisions. This movement will encourage Indian nationals to move to Ladakh and the increase of foreigners will promote rural tourism in the Union Territory.
What is Inner Line Permit (ILP)
ILP is a certificate needed by non-natives to visit or stay in states which are preserved under the ILP system. Presently, four North-eastern states Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Mizoram and Nagaland are included under this system. The term of stay and areas permitted to be obtained for any non-native are determined by ILP. It is published by the concerned state government and can be availed by implementing online or in person.
Background of ILP
ILP is an expansion of Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation Act 1873 under which Britishers drafted regulations to limit entrance in several selected areas. This was arranged to preserve the interest of the Crown in some states by stopping Indians (British Subjects) from trading within these areas.