2 other border “haats” in May to strengthen Indo-Bangladeshi ties


Shillong: India and Bangladesh have jointly agreed to open two more border “haats” in Meghalaya Ryngku and Nalikata – next month, officials said on Tuesday.

The number of such markets will increase to four in the northeastern state when the two facilities are made operational.

The Ryngku border “haat” in East Khasi Hills district will open on May 12 and the Nalikata border “haat” in southwestern Khasi Hills on May 16, officials said.

Authorities in both countries have also reopened a border haat at Balat in the East Khasi Hills of Meghalaya after a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The joint Haat border management committee decided to reopen the point at a meeting on April 19, an official said.

India and Bangladesh have seven border “haats” established and nine more are in the works, he said.

These border “haats” are markets that were established to allow local residents on both sides to trade and consume their produce.

The initiative adds new dimensions for building people-to-people connections.

According to studies and field reviews, the border “haats” have created employment opportunities for the local community, especially for women and young people, who have become providers of various services such as transporters, vendors, workers and food stall owners.

In these markets, locally produced agricultural and horticultural products, minor forest products, dried fish, cottage industry items, hand loom and handicrafts and wooden furniture are allowed to be sold.

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