Govt to introduce bill in Parliament for AAI-like body
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Last Updated: Friday, April 23, 2010, 22:19
  
New Delhi: The Government will bring amendment to a bill in Parliament for setting up a statutory body for the planning, construction, maintenance and management of Integrated Check Posts along international borders.

The Land Ports Authority of India (LPAI) will be vested with powers on the lines of similar bodies like the Airports Authority of India. Till the LPAI comes into existence, an Empowered Steering Committee has been constituted under the Secretary (Border Management) to undertake the functions that will be ultimately discharged by the LPAI.

The Union Cabinet today cleared the amendment to the Land Ports Authority of India Bill in the Parliament.

"When the Bill will be passed by the House, the LPAI will become a statutory body for the planning, construction, maintenance and management of the ICPs," a Home Ministry official said.

The Bill was earlier introduced in the Parliament but due to certain objections it was referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee, which gave some suggestions.

The Home Ministry after making the necessary changes sent it for Cabinet clearance.

The ICPs are expected to provide facilities for the effective and efficient discharge of sovereign functions such as security, immigration, customs and quarantine, while also providing support facilities for smooth cross-border movement of people, goods and transport.

The ICPs are envisaged to overcome the infrastructural bottlenecks at the various entry and exit points on the land borders of the country.

An ICP has already been inaugurated in Attari (Punjab) --along the Indo-Pakistan borders while one more will be inaugurated at Raxaul (Bihar) along Indo-Nepal borders by Home Minister P Chidambaram tomorrow.

Some more ICPs will be set up at Petrapole, Hili, Chandrabangha (all in West Bengal), Moreh (Manipur), Dawki (Meghalaya), Akhaura (Tripura), Jogbani (Bihar), Sutarkhandi (Assam), Kawarpuchiah (Mizoram), Sunauli and Rupaidiha (both Uttar Pradesh).

-PTI


First Published: Friday, April 23, 2010, 22:19


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