Bangladeshi Hilsa: Padma hilsa can no longer be seen in Indian leaves? Will it stop completely? | A writ petition filed objecting export of Hilsa from Bangladesh to India

Bangladeshi Hilsa: Padma hilsa can no longer be seen in Indian leaves? Will it stop completely? | A writ petition filed objecting export of Hilsa from Bangladesh to India
Bangladeshi Hilsa: Padma hilsa can no longer be seen in Indian leaves? Will it stop completely? | A writ petition filed objecting export of Hilsa from Bangladesh to India

export of Hilsa from Bangladesh: A lawyer filed a case in the Dhaka High Court with a request to permanently stop the export of Hilsa to other countries including India.

Bangladesh is exporting a lot of hilsa this year too

Dhaka: Due to export to India, the price of hilsa is increasing in Bangladesh market. Alleging this, a lawyer filed a case in the Dhaka High Court with a request to permanently stop the export of hilsa to other countries including India. Bangladesh’s Secretary of Fisheries and Livestock, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Civil Aviation and Tourism, Chairman of National Board of Revenue, Office of the Controller of Imports and Exports and Chairman of Bangladesh Tourism Corporation have been accused of inaction regarding the ban on the export of Hilsa to India.

An application has been made to declare their ‘inaction’ illegal. Besides, a request has been made to direct the Secretary of Fisheries and Animal Resources to arrange the sale of hilsa in the Bangladesh market at an affordable price. Earlier, on September 11, the plaintiff lawyer sent a legal notice to the Sheikh Hasina government in this regard. He claimed that even though hilsa fish is the national fish of Bangladesh, currently the price of hilsa fish has skyrocketed. The poor people of Bangladesh cannot think of buying this fish. The middle class is also struggling to buy hilsa fish. Ministry of Commerce has allowed the export of hilsa to India without considering the demand of hilsa in the domestic market. As a result, the price of hilsa in the local markets has increased. Besides, hilsa is being exported to India at a much lower price than the market price.

The litigant also claimed that Hilsa fish cannot be freely exported as per the export policy of Bangladesh. However, the Ministry of Commerce has allowed the export of hilsa to India completely unfairly, ignoring the public interest. In this situation, the lawyer suggested, if the Bangladesh government wants to give foreigners a taste of hilsa, then the Bangladesh Tourism Corporation can organize a ‘hilsa festival’ in the country. Foreigners come to Bangladesh and enjoy Hilsa fish. Even, Indians can be invited for the upcoming Durga Puja itself, he said. It is requested to permanently stop the export of hilsa within seven days of receiving this notice.

Incidentally, the government of Bangladesh allowed the export of another 500 tons of hilsa fish to India as a Shardia gift. Earlier this month, 49 companies in Bangladesh were allowed to export 2,450 tonnes of hilsa. Hilsa is being exported at USD 10 per kg. However, the Excise Departments of both Geshes have granted tax exemption on the export of hilsa.

The article is in Bengali

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