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Majithia Thanks Cm For Making Integrated Check Post Possible, 65 Years After Independence

Decries Congress Led UPA For Discriminating Against Punjab For Allowing Export Of Limited Items

Bikram Singh Majithia

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Chandigarh , 11 Apr 2012

 The Punjab Revenue and Public Relations Minister Bikram Singh Majithia on behalf of people of Amritsar ,today thanked Parkash Singh Badal for making the dream of Integrated Check Post at Attari-Wagah border, a reality, 65 years after independence. He said that the journey of making Punjab trade hub of Central Asia that started with Delhi-Lahore Bus with the initiative of Parkash Singh Badal during Mr. Atal Bihari Vajpayee regime has culminated with ICP. Hailing ICP as ‘game changer’ for the socio-economic development of Punjab, Mr. Majithia said that if Congress led UPA government stops discriminatory attitude against Punjab and allows ICP to work in the full capacity of a normal port, the Indo-Pak trade would witness four-fold increase from present US $2.5 billion to US $ 10 billion. Decrying Congress led UPA Government for putting hurdles in the growth of Punjab, he said that double face of Congress Party gets exposed from the fact that they are allowing the export of only limited 137 items, most of them including perishable vegetables whereas all ports of the country were allowed export of 5400 plus items. He questioned that why Punjab was being singled out. Mr. Majithia said that even the list of 137 is farce an addition of 4 items have been made to earlier list of 12-14 items and remaining were basically types of same commodity. Mr. Majithia said that if Congress Legislative Party leader Sunil Jakhar was sincere to his proclamation to plead with Congress led UPA government, he should get Wagah ICP declared as a normal full-fledged port, allowing the export of all 5400 plus listed items. He said that let Mr. Jakhar join our efforts to allow road route export to Afghanistan and other CIS countries through Wagah ICP. Demanding extension of Freight Corridor up to Wagah, Mr. Majithia said that the time has come that Union Government should stop seeing Punjab with coloured glasses and removed this major hurdle coming in the way of economic growth of Punjab. He also demanded separate ICP for rail head at Wagah.Asking for relaxation in Visa rules for genuine trader, Mr. Majithia said that it was imperative that genuine traders recommended by CII and FICCI should be granted multiple entry Visa promptly on the pattern of SAARC Visa. He also demanded improvement in interchanges both at rail and road. 

 

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