140 permits issued as ILP system resumes

STAFF REPORTER
IMPHAL, 21st Jul: Issuing of Inner Line Permits (ILP) in the state resumed on Tuesday after a hiatus of over three months in wake of the Covid-19 outbreak and consequent enforcement of lockdown.
On the first day of resumption of the system that allows non-locals to stay in the state for varying period of time, 140 permits were issued to non-natives entering the state.
In a notice circulated Monday, Special Secretary (Home) H Gyan Prakash informed that the suspension of permits which came into effect following orders on March 17 and 18 by the Home department has been revoked. In light of the new Government order, ILP service resumed on Tuesday with a total of 140 permits issued on the first day.
It is said that out of the total 140 permits issued, 127 were issued at Mao ILP service centre, 18 at Jiribam service centre and five at Imphal Airport.
Furthermore, it is informed that individuals who procured permits after arriving in the state through different routes will be kept at quarantine facilities of the respective district in which they will be staying.
According to an order issued by Principal Secretary (Health and Family Welfare) V Vumlunmang, workers to be engaged for government funded projects including railways, transport, power and other essential services and government officials arriving in state will have to undertake mandatory Covid-19 testing and stay put at quarantine facilities for specific period.
While conveying that the order mandating testing and quarantining has been issued in view of the prevailing Covid-19 situation in the state and elsewhere, the secretary advised all private firms and companies to arrange quarantine facilities and Covid-19 testing for their workforce entering the state following the resumption of ILP service. Free testing at VRDL labs of RIMS and JNIMS will be allowed as an alternative arrangement given that the firms/companies make arrangements for test sample collection, it mentioned, and added that the state health department will provide assistance in initial training and VTM supplies. Meanwhile, 307 passengers landed at Imphal Airport in 5 different flights on Tuesday.
The first flight -Indigo 6E 251 (Delhi-Guwahati-Imphal) carrying 34 passengers landed at 9:25 am, the second with 146 passengers -Air Asia I5 783 (Delhi-Guwahati-Imphal) at 10:35 am followed by the third flight -Air India AI 713 originating from Kolkata and carrying only six passengers, landing at 11:30 am.
The fourth flight of the day -Indigo 6E 707 also originating from Kolkata brought 144 passengers. It landed at 12:11 pm. The fifth and last flight of the day -Air India AI 889 originating from Delhi with only seven on board arrived at 2:46 pm.


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