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PM Modi, Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina to jointly dedicate the biggest land port in South Asia –Petrapole Integrated Check Post
Petrapole-Benapole is an important land border crossing for India-Bangladesh trade
Petrapole ICP to provide better facilities for effective & efficient discharge of functions such as security, immigration, customs
Petrapole ICP to provide support facilities for smooth cross-border movement of persons, goods and transport

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi and the Prime Minister of Bangladesh,  Sheikh Hasina will jointly dedicate the Petrapole Integrated Check Post through video-conferencing on Thursday afternoon. The Chief Minister of West Bengal, Ms. Mamata Banerjee will also join the video-conference from Kolkata.

Petrapole-Benapole is an important land border crossing for India-Bangladesh trade. More than 50% of the India-Bangladesh trade passes through Petrapole. Trade worth more than Rs. 15000 Crore takes place through the Petrapole ICP, which is more than all the other Indian Land Ports and Land Customs Stations put together. Approximately 15 lakh people and 150,000 trucks cross Petrapole-Benapole every year.

The Petrapole ICP will provide better facilities for effective and efficient discharge of functions such as security, immigration, customs, quarantine, etc. while also providing support facilities for smooth cross-border movement of persons, goods and transport.

Petrapole ICP will be the second ICP on the India-Bangladesh border after the Agartala ICP at the Agartala (India)-Akhaura (Bangladesh) land border. It will also be the biggest land port in South Asia.

The commissioning of the Petrapole ICP will also serve to foster greater economic integration and connectivity between India and Bangladesh.

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January 23, 2022
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For the first time, awardees to get digital certificates using Blockchain technology

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will interact with Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar (PMRBP) awardees on 24th January, 2022 at 12 noon via video conferencing. Digital certificates will be conferred on PMRBP awardees for the year 2022 and 2021 using Blockchain Technology. This technology is being used for the first time for giving certificates of awardees.

The Government of India has been conferring the PMRBP award to children for their exceptional achievement in six categories namely Innovation, Social Service, Scholastic, Sports, Art & Culture and Bravery. This year, 29 children from across the country, under different categories of Bal Shakti Puraskar, have been selected for PMRBP-2022. The awardees also take part in the Republic day parade every year. Each awardee of PMRBP is given a medal, a cash prize of Rs. 1 Lakh and certificate. The cash prize will be transferred to the respective accounts of PMRBP 2022 winners.