The following news item is from http://www.tribuneindia.com/2005/20051206/punjab1.htm#5Though the newspaper has given a misleading title. Punjab no moreMessage 1 of 1 , Dec 5 6:36 PMView Source
Punjab no more disturbed area, says M.S. Gill
Amritsar, December 5
The former Chief Election Commissioner and member Rajya Sabha, Dr M.S. Gill, today expressed concern over the continuation of distrusted area Act in Punjab which was enacted during the militancy.
Talking to The Tribune today on telephone, Dr Gill said the disturbed area tag had cast its shadow on the four-day Indo-Pak trade exhibition held in the holy city last week.
Dr Gill pointed out that after great deal of persuasion and lobbying by the hosts, PHDDCCI, very few visas were issued to Pakistani entrepreneurs with a special permission for visiting Punjab.
Dr Gill in a letter to the Prime Minister strongly advocated the scrapping of this Act, which was hurting the interest of Punjab, socially and economically.
He pointed out that the SAFTA agreement coming into force in 2006, that would lead to tariff-free trade, would be irrelevant for the state.
Commenting on the present scenario he said insignificant investments by both Centre and state government had stifled the growth potential of the city.
Meanwhile, Member of Parliament Navjot Sidhu has sought permission from Speaker, Lok Sabha, for call attention motion on the issue of scrapping of the Act during this week.
Mr Sidhu said he would raise this issue and ask the government to give an explanation about the continuation of the Act, when the atmosphere in the state was peaceful.