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B’desh Customs officials protest visa delay
Correspondent Shillong, May 11:
Published on 11 May. 2011 11:39 PM IST
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Bangladesh Customs officials Wednesday lodged protest with their Indian counterparts for the delay in issuing visa to the, for attending joint group of customs meeting here in India (Meghalaya). The Bangladeshi delegation made this protest during the third coordination joint group of customs officials from both countries held here Wednesday. “We have applied for visa in April but the Indian authorities delayed in issuing visa to us for us to attend the (third coordination joint group of customs) meeting here,” Bangladesh Commissioner Customs, VAT, Excise (Sylhet), Mohammad Saiful Islam said.
Though the meeting was scheduled for today (May 11) (in Shillong, the state capital of Meghalaya in India,) Islam claimed that the Indian authorities issued visa to the Bangladesh customs officials only on May 3 and May 5.
“We are being humiliated. We could not even prepare points and agendas for the meeting in a proper way as we could not coordinate among ourselves in view of the delay in getting our visa,” the Bangladeshi official said, urging his Indian counterpart to look into their grievances.
However, Commissioner of Customs (Prevention) North Eastern Region SR Baruah, who led the Indian delegation apologized the Bangladeshi officials for the undue delay. “In fact, we have requested our Board (Central Board of Excise and Customs) to take up with the Ministry of External Affairs to waive the visa for you all to attend the meeting,” Baruah said. Nonetheless, Baruah assured the Bangladeshi delegation that he would take up the matter with the authorities.

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