• Football Icon Bhaichung Bhutia Demands ILP In Sikkim

    Bhaichung Bhutia said Sikkim should also have ILP like most of the Northeast states with international borders.

    The national football icon and chief of Hamro Sikkim Party (HSP) Bhaichung Bhutia demanded Inner Line Permit (ILP) for the state and slammed the State Chief Minister, Prem Singh Tamang, for not raising the issue with the Centre during his visit to New Delhi.

    While demanding the ILP system on Thursday, Bhutia said that most Northeast states with international borders have the ILP in place and Sikkim should also have it.

    "It is unfortunate that our CM did not think of raising the demand for the introduction of Inner Line Permit (ILP) in Sikkim," he said.

    Bhutia claimed that the chief minister instead gave a green signal to the Centre to further dilute the provisions of Article 371F, which protects the rights of the Sikkimese people.

    He also claimed that the Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM) government has already allowed "solution" of Article 371F and the Revenue Order Number 1, without giving any further explanation.

    “The chief minister should make all memorandum and demands submitted to the Centre during his visit to New Delhi public as the people of Sikkim have every right to know the details,” as said by the HSP Chief.

    He further added that the State government should have urged the Centre to reconsider the introduction of 'One Nation, One Ration Card' in Sikkim as settlers from outside may take undue benefit from the scheme even as hardly any Sikkimese is likely to seek ration outside the state.

    The Inner Line Permit is an official travel document issued by the concerned state government which allow inward travel of an Indian citizen into a protected area for a limited period. This is an effort by the government to regulate movement to certain areas located near the international border of the country.

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