Centre asks Bengal govt to open land borders with B’desh

Centre asks Bengal govt to open land borders with B’desh

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New Delhi, May 6: The Centre on Wednesday directed the West Bengal government to allow transportation of essential goods through border crossings between India and Bangladesh without any further delay.

In a strong-worded letter to the West Bengal Chief Secretary Rajiva Sinha, the Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla said the act of the West Bengal Government amounts to violation of the Orders issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) under the Disaster Management Act, 2005 as well as Articles 253, 256 and 257 of the Constitution of India. “I would like to point out that in the new guidelines on lockdown measures it has been clearly spelt out that no state or UT shall stop movement of cargo for cross-border land trade under treaties with neighbouring countries,” Bhalla said in the letter.

MHA has also asked state government to send the compliance report by Wednesday itself. Taking cognisance of the reports that a large number of trucks carrying essential supplies, bound for Bangladesh, have been stranded at different border crossing points in the state, Bhalla said the Centre had directed the States on April 24 to allow cross land border transportation of essential goods through all lndo-Nepal, lndo-Bhutan and lndo-Bangladesh borders.(UNI)