New Delhi: Lok Sabha on Thursday passed the Land
Ports Authority of India Bill, 2009, which seeks to provide
for the development and management facilities for cross border
movement of passengers and goods.
The Bill, moved by Minister of State for Home Ajay
Maken, also enlists the role of customs, immigration, defence
forces and other authorities on the international border.
Maken assured the House that all issues related to
movement of people and goods across the international borders
have been taken care of in the bill.
"Since these ports are related to land, the Home
Ministry and not the Trade and Commerce ministry is moving
this bill," Maken said.
The statutory body to be formed under this legislation
will have representatives from various departments including
Customs, defence forces.
Maken asserted that border security would not be
compromised and all efforts would be made to check illegal
immigration, flow of fake Indian currency and other issues.
13 check points will be created and fencing,
floodlighting of the border areas would continue unhindered.
During the debate on the bill, Nishikant Dubey (BJP)
said the concept behind this legislation was first mooted by
Atal Bihari Vajpayee when he was Prime Minister.