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AGARTALA | September 23, 2019:

Among the Northeastern states, Tripura has been adjudged as the top performer in the logistics ease across different states (LEADS) index published by the ministry of commerce and industries.

WHAT IS LEAD?

The LEADS index is an effort by the ministry to evaluate performance of
different states in the logistics sector based on the perception of users and stakeholders at state level.

EVALUATION:

The states were evaluated on nine parameters – Availability of logistics infrastructure, quality of logistics infrastructure, quality of logistics services provided by the service providers, ease of arranging logistics at competitive rates, timeliness of cargo delivery, ease of track and trace, safety/security of cargo movement, state facilitation and coordination and efficiency of regulatory processes have the criteria to judge performance.

In the meeting chaired by Union minister for industries and commerce Piyush Goyal, principal secretary of industries S R Kumar said that industrial development in the northeast is possible only if our economy is integrated with that of Bangladesh and Asean countries for which the state government has been working ambitiously.

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He also emphasized the need to take up immediate upgradation of road from Ramgarh to Baraiyarhat in Bangladesh to ensure connectivity to Chittagong via existing highways.

He added that connectivity from India to Myanmar and Thailand should be ensured so that Tripura’s economy could be integrated with that of Asean.

Kumar also asked for integrated check posts (ICP) and a special economic zone at Sabroom to boost trade in the region.

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