State government Saturday said that more than Rs 2697 crore estimated goods have been exported across LoC trade and over Rs 2512 crore has been imported.
While replying to a written question in Lower House today, Minister for Industries and Commerce, Chandra Prakash Ganga, informed the Legislative Assembly that establishing banking facilities for cross LoC trade is under process between India and Pakistan governments.
“The Banking plan received from Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India regarding establishment of baking facilities at Trade Facilitation Centre Salamabad, Uri, and TFC Chakha-da-Bagh, Poonch, has been approved by the state government and the same has been conveyed to GoI,” Ganga said.
In a supplementary the minister said that the process is under discussion between India and Pakistan governments “but has not been cleared yet”. Minister said that 144 traders are registered to do cross LoC trade via Chakan-de-Bagh Poonch and 367 from Salamabad, Uri, for 21 listed tradable items. He said that revised agreed list of items has been sent to the Ministry of Home Affairs.
In a supplementary question raised by Independent MLA Hakim Yaseen about a committee formed in J&K to look after LoC trade and take up issues related to it with Pakistan, the minister no such committee “exists as of now”. He said any deliberations with Pakistan happen at the centre government’s External Affairs and Home Department.
Replying to a supplementary raised by PDP’s MLA from Karnah, Raja Manzoor over opening of Teetwal crossing point for trade, Ganga said: “Seven more crossing points have been recommended to the centre to be thrown open for LoC trade. Teetwal is one among them,” the minister said, adding, that the ministry of Home Affairs at the centre can take a final decision on it.
On checking of tradable items at the crossing points, the minister said that plan for installation of Full Body Truck Scanner (FBTS) and CCTVs will be installed at both the Trade Facilitation Centers.