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Governor asks officials to verify cross-LoC traders.

Chairing a high-level meeting to review issues pertaining to cross LoC trade between divided parts of Kashmir, the Governor NN Vohra on Wednesday directed authorities concerned to complete verification of all J&K traders involved in the business activity within one month.

The Governor issued on the spot directions to Director General of Police SP Vaid and principal secretary industries Shailendra Kumar to complete the process “urgently” and de-register those traders who do not furnish required documents or have “doubtful antecedents” without delay.

Advisors to the Governor BB Vyas and Vijay Kumar; chief secretary BVR Subrahmanyam; principal secretary to the Governor Umang Narula, the DGP, Kumar and AG Mir, ADGP CID participated in the meeting that was also called to review procedures in the LoC trade framework which require improvement or change.

During the meeting Kumar made a presentation on the framework and procedures of the 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.

The cross-LoC trade, which began in 2008 through Salamabad in Uri and Chakan-da-Bagh in Poonch district, was said to be an important confidence building measure between India and Pakistan, on Kashmir front.

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