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Governor reviews cross LoC trade
7/18/2018 10:51:12 PM
Early Times Report
Jammu, July 18: After exposure by the Early Times in its July 17 edition that cross LoC trade is main source of smuggling drugs in J&K and other parts of the country Governor N. N. Vohra chaired a high-level meeting to review issues relating to LoC Trade and identify existing systems and procedures in the LoC Trade framework which require improvement or change.
In the presence of top brass of the state Principal Secretary, Industries and Commerce made a presentation on the framework and procedures of LoC Trade; the approved list of tradeable goods; process flow of the trade; timeframe for installation of Full Truck Body Scanners; valuation mechanism and role of different Central and State Agencies.
Governor directed that the roster of movements should be finalised well in advance and publicised; a one-point screening of all trade vehicles should be put in place; and an effective mechanism should be enforced to detect smuggling of narcotics or banned items and system put in place to ensure against undervaluation of goods.
Governor directed DGP and Principal Secretary Industries to urgently undertake complete verification of all Traders engaged in LoC trade within one month and Traders who do not furnish the required documents or have doubtful antecedents should be de-registered without delay. He further directed that the Roster System should be made on-line and made public on the first day of every month; CCTVs should be installed at both the Trading Centres within 60 days.
Early Times had reported in its July 16 edition that for the vested interests of some odd businessmen and self-styled peace activists, the government is compromising national security and is spoiling younger generation of the State by not stopping cross-LoC trade. This trade, as per reports, has become biggest sources of funding terror in J&K and smuggling drugs in this state and other parts of the country.
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