The government has given a special permission to export nearly 1,500 tonnes of hilsa to India on the eve of Durga Puja, the biggest religious festival of the Hindu community.
Export of hilsa has remained banned since 2012 as the government included the fish in the list of export-restricted item.
Last year the government approved export of 500 tonnes of hilsa to India on the eve of Durga Puja due to the request from the West Bengal authorities.
This year, nearly 200 exporters sought the government approval to export hilsa to India and the commerce ministry approved nine exporters’ pleas on case to case basis.
‘Permission has been given to nine exporters to export 1,475 tonnes of hilsa to India as a token of good gesture ahead of Durga Puja,’ commerce minister Tipu Munshi told New Age on Sunday.
‘We approved 1,475 tonnes of hilsa as the greeting of the biggest religious festival to our neighbouring country,’ the commerce minister said.
Replying to a question, Tipu Munshi said that the approved amount of hilsa was very much negligible compared to Bangladesh’s 6 lakh tonnes of production and it would not put any impact on supply and price of the item on the local market.