Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Foreign tourists no longer need special permits for visiting Manipur, Nagaland and Mizoram

The Central Government is leaving no stones unturned in its effort to develop the northeastern region. Recently it excluded Manipur, Nagaland and Mizoram from the protected area permit to promote tourism in the region.
The decision to do away with the protected area permit will give a boost to tourism to the state that will help generate employment for the youth in the region.
Many NGOs from the northeastern states have strongly opposed the central government's decision to do away with the Protected Area Permit (PAP), a mandatory official authorisation for foreigners to visit the region. 
'We fear that the lifting of PAP would have a detrimental affect on the social security of the ethnic people of these states, specially those dominated by the tribals,' Zodingliana said.
The NGOs also fear that the lifting of PAP would further jeopardise the Inner Line Permit (ILP) that safeguards the indigenous people from assimilation since the British rule. The ILP is required for any Indian to enter some of the northeastern states, including Mizoram and Nagaland. 

                     The all-powerful Ang (Head of the tribe).

          © Kieron Nelson 2011 "Vanishing Cultures Photography" 

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