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Calcutta Diary

August 16, 1986 Calcutta Diary AM HURRAH and hallelujah, at long last, a breakthrough. The accord the government has signed with the Mizo National Front has several other interesting features, but its outstanding contribution is to allow a constituent state of the Union of India to enter into trade with neighbouring countries. The Constitution, one thought, was rather sticky in regard to this particular matter. Entry 41 of the Union List in the Seventh Schedule has no ambiguity about it: it reserves trade and commerce with foreign countries and import and export across customs frontiers to the exclusive charge of the Centra Foreign exchange earned via such transactions naturally accrues exclusively to the Centre. Now this regime is going to end. The agreement sealed with the Mizo National Front has shown the way. The Mizorarn government will henceforth be able to device its own foreign trade arrangements; it will, presumably, be permitted to keep the foreign exchange it earns thereby. This, who will deny, is a major breakthrough. What Mizorarn gets today, the rest of the country is bound to get tomorrow. The other states are going to press that they too be accorded an identical prerogative. Once the pressure is on, some positive gains are bound to emerge.

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