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Centre Directs West Bengal Govt to allow Cargo Movement at Indo-Bangladesh Border

Vishnu Vasisht

MHA has asked the state to send a compliance report by Wednesday itself.

In what can be termed as another faceoff between the centre and the West Bengal Govt, The Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has written a letter to the West Bengal government on Tuesday directing the transport of essential goods from across the border to allow entry into the state. According to the news agency PTI, the Ministry of Home Affairs has said that the state government is not allowing entry of essential commodities through the India-Bangladesh border.

Union Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla wrote to West Bengal Chief Secretary Rajiv Sinha. During this, he has said that the state government should allow the entry of essential commodities without delay and send a report today about the opening of the border.

The home ministry told the state government that trucks carrying large quantities of essential goods from Bangladesh were stranded at the border crossing. The ministry said that no state or union territory will prevent movement of vehicles for cross-border land trade under treaties with neighboring countries. The unilateral action of the West Bengal government to prevent cross-border movement of essential commodities will have major international consequences.

Bhalla has also said that the state is violating orders issued under Disaster Management Act. "This is a violation of the Disaster Management Act, 2005 as well as Articles 253, 256, 257 of the constitution," the letter added.

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