Cross-LoC traders, officers may soon get ISD facility

Cross-LoC traders, officers may soon get ISD facility

SRINAGAR: The LoC trade would get more boost as the cross LoC traders would get ISD phone calling facility soon.
The was disclosed in a joint meeting of the officers of the state and central governments to review and discuss the issues related to cross LoC trade was held here Thursday.
An official handout issued here said while discussing various demands and problems being faced by the traders associated with cross LoC trade at Salamabad, Uri and Chakan-Da-bagh, Poonch, it was felt that there is urgent need for further augmentation and streamlining of the cross LoC trade.
It said regarding banking facilities, the Joint Secretary informed that the matter has already been taken up with the government of Pakistan and the Ministry will pursue the matter with them vigorously.
“Provision of ISD facilities to the senior officers dealing with the cross LoC trade and the designated heads of traders association was also agreed to,” the handout said.
It was agreed that the additional items to be included for trade shall be forwarded by the Industries & Commerce Department to the Ministry of Home Affairs for its inclusion in the agreed list of items in the SOP, the handout said.
Khurshid Ahmad Ganai, Financial Commissioner, Industries and Commerce, Joint Secretary, J&K Affairs, Ministry of Home Affairs, R.K Srivastava, Principal Secretary, Home, Suresh Kumar, IG (CID), J&K Dr B. Srinivas , Deputy Secretary (K) Ministry of Home Affairs, Sulekha besides officers of Industries and Commerce Department, J&K Bank and BSNL were present on the occasion. The meeting was informed that the tendering process for purchase of Full Body Truck Scanners has been completed and a team of experts will be sent soon to identify the location and advice on the preparatory work before installation.
During the meeting enhancement of cash amount to be carried by the passengers travelling across to Pakistan administered Kashmir was also agreed to and a proposal to this effect will be submitted by the Home Department to the MHA for approval.
Opening of additional trade routes, issuance of Visa permits and maintenance of balance sheet for goods traded across LoC from both sides were also discussed in the meeting.
Up gradation of infrastructure at TFC Salamabad, Uri and TFC Chakan-Da-Bagh was agreed and the custodians of the respective TFCs were directed to submit the updated proposals to the State Government for further necessary action and release of funds by the MHA, it said.
It also said that the up gradation of road and communication facilities from TFCs to zero line, visit of traders across LoC also came up for discussion and it was agreed that the Home Department will submit its recommendations to the Ministry of Home Affairs for obtaining necessary clearance from the Government of Pakistan.
He expressed hope that cross LoC trade will further grow for the mutual benefit of the traders and people on both sides of LoC.