Saturday, January 01, 2011

Govt. of India Removes PAP for Certain of its States

An email to me Jan 01,2011


This mail has come to you because you were a signatory to the Online Petition for Removal of PAP from Manipur launched by Manipuri Association of Canada (MAC) on December 05, 2010. Your voice has been heard and the Government of India has removed PAP from Manipur and its neighbouring states of Mizoram and Nagaland effective Jan 01, 2011 (pl see the PIB news attached). This good news is your New Year Gift to the people of these three states and their foreign visitors. CONGRATULATIONS!

By the time this mail was going out 1061 people from all over the world had signed the petition. Many more people from Manipur also signed the hard copies of the petition launched in Manipur by the Local Support Group on Removal of PAP, Manipur. This group spearheaded the movement from Manipur to New Delhi mobilizing supports from all sections of people and submitting the petition to several ministries in Delhi.

MAC gratefully acknowledges all your supports that really mattered to this win which dawns a new era of development in the state after decades of languishing in isolation. You have shown your love for Manipur by joining this movement. Please always remember that Manipur needs you.

With great regards
Rajkumar Singh
President, MAC
On behalf of
The Board of Directors and the Executive Committee,
Manipuri Association of Canada, Whitby, ON
Attachment to email reads:
Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Home Affairs
31-December-2010 17:20 IST
Manipur, Mizoram and Nagaland Excluded from Protected Area for Foreigners
Government has now decided to exclude the entire area of the States of Manipur, Mizoram and Nagaland from the Protected Area regime notified under the Foreigners (Protected Areas)Order 1958, initially for a period of one year. However, all foreigners visiting these States will have to register themselves with the Foreigners Registration Officer (FRO) of the District they visit within 24 hours of their arrival. Citizens of some specified countries would, however, continue to require prior approval of the Ministry of Home Affairs before their visit
to these three States.
Indian Missions/Posts have also been authorized to issue ‘Missionary Visa’ to foreign Missionaries visiting these three States as per the extant guidelines of the Government.These changes will ease the difficulties being faced by foreigners to visit these three States.
These instructions would come into force with effect from 1st of January, 2011.

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