Over 1.5 lakh inner line permits (ILP) were issued to the visitors by Nagaland government in past two years, the state assembly was informed in Kohima.
But the opposition Congress said there was no proper mechanism put in place to verify whether those pass holders left Nagaland or not.
Replying to question, Home minister Imkong Imchen informed the House that the government issued 76,268 and 75,807 ILPs during 2007-08 and 2008-09 respectively from different pass issuing offices. Out of these, 8,820 were issued from Nagaland Houses in New Delhi, Kolkata, Guwahati and Shillong during the same period.
The ILP is a must for any outsider to visit Nagaland as per provisions of Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation of 1873 which has been still in force in the Nagaland, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh. But foreigners need restricted area permit (RAP) or protected area permit (PAP) to visit these states.
The minister also said no students body would be authorised to check ILPs but the government would enforce it strictly across the state. He, however, pointed out that since ILP is not applicable at Dimapur, the government was contemplating to introduce work permits there to regulate unabated inflow of migrants there.