Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb sought Bangladesh to liberalise its import rules so that the products from Tripura could be easily exported to the neighboring country.
“There are barriers in exporting products like rubber sheet from Tripura to Bangladesh. However, the same products could be sent thorough Benapol border in West Bengal. We have listed 17 items which we want to export to Bangladesh through Akhaura border here,” Deb told reporters.
According to him, if these items can legally be exported then both the Governments will be benefited in the form of revenue and stop illegal trade.
In the 17 items that the Tripura CM wants to export to Bangladesh include rubber sheet, tea, cash nut, pineapples, jackfruits, ginger and black pepper.
Deb said that he would also raise this point in the plenary of the North Eastern Council to begin in Shillong on Monday where many Central ministers would remain present.
Deb said he would also take up the matter with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, NITI Aayog and even the Prime Minister.
“We like open market policy. We get many items from Bangladesh including tasty Hilsa and even vegetables and that is why the Government of India is opening border haats. We have proposed for four more border haats so that the economy of Tripura can grow through legal trade,” he said.
Chief Minister deb said, “Prime Minister Narendra Modi has set a target to double the income of the farmers by 2022. But adopting scientific method of farming we have already improved the production along with better market linkages and thus improved the socio-economy of the farming section.”
The Chief Minister informed that Tripura holds the first position in water-efficient farming State in the northeastern region.
Deb further said Tripura Government is working hard to implement the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s dream of doubling the income of the farmers by 2022.