Channi, who was here on Monday to attend the 15th edition of the Punjab International Trade Expo (PITEX), announced that he would write to the Centre on the issue. He said he would also seek an appointment with Union home minister Amit Shah for opening trade with neighbouring Pakistan via Attari land border.
Like Sidhu, he also asked if the trade could be carried by the sea route, why it could not be permitted through the land route.
On December 4, Sidhu had favoured the opening of the traditional Silken route with Pakistan via Attari for meteoric economic growth of Punjab. He had also asked if trade could happen between Mumbai and Karachi, then why not from Punjab to Lahore, Pakistan.
The CM also announced that the foundation stone of a convention center for PITEX, over an area of 10 acres, would be laid within this week to enable the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry to carry out a diverse range of activities to promote trade and industry in the region in a big way. To promote trade and industry, Channi said a digital single-window system would be put in place shortly to ensure all kinds of requisite permissions from a unified platform to industrialists in a seamless manner. “This move would also enable them to apply for permissions from their homes to almost remove the user interface with officials thus increasing transparency,” said Channi.
A day before, Sidhu had also underlined the significance of cross-border trade. Describing Amritsar as the biggest market in Asia, he said it would open new vistas of prosperity for Punjab as trade and business activities would be carried out with 34 countries.
CM inaugurates 5 chairs at GNDU
Punjab chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi also inaugurated five chairs at Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU) — Dr B R Ambedkar Chair, Sant Kabir Chair, Bhai Jiwan Singh , Bhai Jaita Ji Chair, Makhan Shah Lubana Chair and Bhagwan Valmiki Chair. Addressing a gather here he stressed on making amendments in the curriculum. He said, “Curriculum needs to be fine-tuned as per the requirements of existing society”. He said the ‘Punjab Model’ was based on ensuring quality education and employment for all. “Without educating the youth, the eradication of poverty is impossible. The need of the hour is to ensure quality and affordable education to all instead of freebies,” said Channi.