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Tripura CM: Bangladesh should liberalize its import rules

  • Published at 11:02 pm July 9th, 2018
  • Last updated at 11:14 pm July 9th, 2018
Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb gestures during the swearing-in ceremony of Tripura legislative assembly at Assam Rifles ground in Agartala on March 9, 2018AFP
File phoro of Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb AFP

Biplab Kumar Deb told reporters on Monday that items which are not allowed to be transported through the Akhaura border point 75 km east of Dhaka, could be sent into Bangladesh without problem through the Benapole border in West Bengal

Bangladesh should liberalize its trade rules so that Tripura can import products such as pineapple, cashew nuts and rubber, the chief minister of the neighbouring Indian state has said.

Biplab Kumar Deb told reporters on Monday that items which are not allowed to be transported through the Akhaura border point 75 km east of Dhaka, could be sent into Bangladesh without problem through the Benapole border in West Bengal. 

Reaching this crossing from Tripura, however, would require a road journey of 1,500km around the north of Bangladesh through three other Indian states. 

“We would like an open market policy,” the Tripura chief minister said. “We get many items from Bangladesh including Hilsa, but owing to legal barriers, we cannot reciprocate. Therefore, the barriers should be removed immediately.”

The CM said he would take up the matter with India’s external affairs minister, Sushma Swaraj. 

“We have listed 17 items which we want to send to Bangladesh via the Akhaura border,” he said. 

“We want to send fruits like Queen Variety of Pineapple, Cashew Nuts, Jackfruits and Rubber Sheets.”