SRINAGAR: The Government of India is going to strengthen and expand the trade across the Line of Control (Cross-LoC Trade) as part of the country’s Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) with Pakistan, Union Home Secretary L C Goyal said Friday.
“The government is keen to strengthen the CBMs with Pakistan and as part of CBMs Cross-LoC Trade is being strengthened and expanded,” Goyal said.
The Home Secretary was on a visit to Trade Facilitation Centre (TFC) Salamabad, Uri, in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district.
The Crans-LoC Trade had started in October 2008, via Chakan-da-Bagh in Poonch district of Jammu division to Rawlakote in Pakistan- administered Kashmir (PaK) and from Salamabad in Baramulla district of Kashmir Valley towards Chakoti in PaK.
Since 2008, New Delhi, under a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), had given its consent to the Indian traders to export 21 items to PaK. The number kept shrinking in the later years.
In the recent past, Cross-LoC trade was stalled on several occasions owing mostly to cross border firing and recovery of banned products from trucks.
Chairing a review meeting regarding the Cross-LoC Trade, he asked the concerned officers to “strictly adhere to the SOP laid down for the Trade”.
Various issues pertaining to development of additional infrastructure, increasing the number of tradable items, and improving communication facilities were discussed during the meeting.
The Home Secretary also met traders’ delegations.
He assured them that the government would make every effort to overcome the difficulties being faced by them.
Goyal was accompanied by Financial Commissioner Industries & Commerce Department, Director General of Police, Principal Secretary Home, Joint Secretary Ministry of Home Affairs ( Government of India), Inspector General of Police CID, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Deputy Commissioner Baramulla, Director Industries & Commerce Kashmir, Senior Superintendent of Police Baramulla, Additional Deputy Commissioner Baramulla and General Manager SIDCO.
He later visited the Kaman Post.