A Union Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday gave its approval to a revised Memorandum of Understanding and a Mode of Operation between India and Bangladesh for establishing Border Haats on their Border.
The Haats aim at promoting the well-being of the people dwelling in remote areas across the borders of the two countries. They also promote traditional system of marketing the local produce through local markets. These measures help improve the economic well-being of the marginalised sections of society.
Currently, four Border Haats are operational - two each in Meghalaya and Tripura. They were established and operationalized under the MoU and the Mode of operation of Border Haats earlier signed between Bangladesh and India on October 23, 2010. Subsequently, an addendum to the Mode of operation of Border Haats was also signed on May 15, 2012. The Revised MoU and Mode of Operation will provide a legal framework for establishment and operationalization of additional Border Haats.