45-day deadline set for introduction of Inner Line Permit in isles

Port Blair
28 May 2018

A cross section of islanders assembled at Junglighat, Durgapuja mandap to discuss introduction of Inner Line Permit system in these Islands. The meeting was represented by Local Born Association, Andaman Mopla Organization, Settlers Offspring Welfare Organization, Diglipur, Settlers' Association, Kadamtala, U.P Samaj, Andaman Tamizh Community, Andaman Telugu Community, Island Protection Forum, New Andaman Nicobar Malayalee Association. Besides, speakers from various political parties also spoke on the occasion extending their full support as Islanders.
All the speakers expressed their serious concern over unabated influx of population, encroachment on Govt., revenue and forest land, causing threat to the available natural as well as infrastructural resources. The concern was expressed about the encroachment of land, scarcity of water, electricity, educational and medical facilities and job opportunities. Carrying capacity of the Islands being very limited has already exceeded addition of extra population will seriously and adversely affect the services. Thousands of participants who gathered in the assembly univocally resolved to press for introduction of Inner Line Permit System in the Islands with a cut of date as directed by the Supreme Court of India in its judgment dated 07.05.2002.passed in IR No.502 of 1999 in W.P© No.202 of 1995, replacement of present Islanders Card with smart Card in accordance with the Supreme Court's Judgment as also decided to observe Andaman Bandh if the Govt, and A&N Administration fails to respond in taking positive action in implementing Inner Line Permit System with in a period of 45 days.
The speakers spoke on the occasion included Smti Shanta Laxman Singh, INC, Mr Swam Singh, Old Inhabitant, Mr Abdul Siddique, Andaman Mopla Association, Mr Sanjay Meshak, AAP Mr Hem Kondaiah, Andhra Association, Tanmay, NSUI, Mr Nelson, Bhatu Community, Smri Marshella Dung Dung, Jharkhand Community Mr Kuldeep Singh, A&N Pvt. Security Organization, Smti Sheela Singh, UP Samaj, Dr Prem Kishen, President, LBA, Mr Vishal Jolly, President, BJP and Mr P. Som Naidu, Earlier, the meeting elected Mr P.Som Naidu as the President of today's assembly, Dr.Prem Kishen briefed about Inner Line Permit system in his Welcome speech while Chairman, Board of Trustee, LBA Mr OM Prakash proposed vote of Thanks. The assembly programme was compeered by Smt Sampa Banerjee, a social activist.