By Subir Bhaumik
BBC News, Calcutta
The Indian government has cleared the way for the resumption of imports of hilsa fish from Bangladesh.
Steamed and curried preparations of hilsa are considered delicacies (Pic: Mizanur Rehman)
Since the middle of May, supplies of Bangladesh hilsa have dried up in India after the authorities stopped imports on hygiene and sanitation grounds.
Indian authorities were using a five-year-old directive to stop the import of hilsa fish.
The Indian government has withdrawn this directive after a request from the West Bengal state government.
The directive said that livestock could be imported only with valid "sanitation" permits.
It also said the hilsa fish, a South Asian variation of the shad, could be imported only by air or sea. Most of the hilsa, however, arrives by road from Bangladesh.
Bengal Fisheries Minister Kiranmoy Nanda told journalists in Calcutta that after the withdrawal of the directive, there would be no more restrictions left on import of hilsa from Bangladesh, whose rivers are said to be full of the tastiest hilsas.