GoI for expanding cross-LoC trade despite Pakistan’s cold response: Chander Parkash

SRINAGAR: Minister of Industries and Commerce Chander Parkash Ganga Sunday said that despite roadblocks being created by Pakistan New Delhi is committed to expand cross LoC trade
The Minister while speaking to a gathering of cross-LoC traders and representatives of various trade bodies of the state said that the installation of full body scanners would have been an important initiative for boosting cross-LoC trade, but when we talked to Pakistan, the Government there was not interested in its installation.
Adding that similarly there are other hurdles being created from other side which is preventing this trade from realizing its full potential.”
He said that Government of India is committed to expand cross-LoC trade despite problems being created by Pakistan.
The Minister said that the entire cross LoC trade is an investment in peace and every effort will be taken to keep it thriving. “Our Chief Minister is particularly interested in this trade and he has already ordered to improve the facilities and repair the approach roads,” the minister said.
The minister said that all the demands from the traders would be taken up with the Union Government for their quick redressal.
He also said that the government will suggest meeting of traders from both across the LOC at the zero point on a regular basis to sort out issues hampering the trade.
A 15 minute documentary made on the cross LOC trade was also screened on the occasion.
Those who participated in the interactive meeting included Commissioner Secretary Industries and Commerce Shailender Kumar, representatives of various trade bodies from Kashmir and Jammu Division.
—Information Department