Bangladeshi products to get duty-free access to India: Amit Shah

Gautam Lahiri

22 May, 2018 12:00 AM printer

NEW DELHI: The Indian government has taken an initiative for providing  duty-free access of Bangladeshi products to its northeastern states.

BJP president Amit Shah made the remark at a conference with the chief ministers of six northeastern states of India on Sunday.

He said, “Prime Minister Narendra Modi has resolved the long-pending land boundary agreement with Bangladesh. Now, the border is clearly marked and the communication system is being built along the border areas so that a large volume of Bangladeshi products can be imported for these states.”

The products of Indian northeastern states can also be exported to Bangladesh according to demands of the country which will help attain economic development of the states.

He alleged that the previous government of Indian Congress did not give importance to this issue.

The BJP president’s main target is to bag the majority seats out of 25 Lokshoba constituencies in the northeastern states of India to bridge the gap elsewhere.

Arunachal chief minister (CM) Pema Khandu, Manipur CM Biren Singh, Meghalaya CM Conrad Sangma, Nagaland CM Neiphiu Rio, Tripura CM Biplab Kumar Deb as well as local leaders and lawmakers were present at the meeting.

“Besides Bangladesh, the prime minister intends to minimise the trade gap with Myanmar and Bhutan in a bid to elevate the standard of living in the countries,” the BJP president said.

At the conference, Atul Bora, the president of Assam Gana Parishad (AGP), an ally of BJP, urged the BJP president to withdraw the Citizenship (Amendment) Act.

Because of the new law, Hindu refugees coming from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan would get permanent residency in Assam thereby keeping an adverse impact on the state’s demography, he opined.