Border trade gets big boost from Cabinet
The government on Thursday set the ball rolling to create an overarching authority for the building and management of integrated check posts for regulation of trade and removed hurdles in the setting up of industries in sub-urban areas of big cities.
The Union Cabinet gave its approval for the introduction of the Land Ports Authority of India Bill in Parliament to set up the Land Ports Authority, Information and Broadcasting Minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi announced after the meeting chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
The move, aimed at boosting trade with neighbouring countries, would give the authority legal cover to coordinate with the agencies concerned like the customs to construct, manage and maintain the Integrated Check Posts (ICP).
The authority would be empowered to notify entry points on the land borders as land ports, plan, develop, construct and maintain terminal and ancillary buildings to establish facilities as may be required for facilitating trade and traffic.
Some of the ICPs have already started working on borders with Pakistan, China, Nepal and Bangladesh. The Cabinet also cut through some of the red tape involved in the setting up industries, removing the licensing norm for location of industrial units in sub-urban limits of big cities.
“Since grant of industrial license is on the basis of recommendations of the state government and clearances from the State Pollution Control Board and Ministry of Environment and Forests, the existing procedure of granting license can be dispensed with,” Dasmunsi said.
Earlier, the industries other than non-polluting electronics, computer software and printing were not allowed to be located within 25 km from the periphery of cities above population of one million according to the 1991 census. The location policy amounted to unnecessary hurdle in setting up of industries, he said.