Enclave panel to submit rehab plan to Coochbehar DM

India and Bangladesh governments had signed the enclave exchange protocol in September 2011.

By: Express News Service | Kolkata | Published: July 20, 2014 2:23:32 am

A week ahead of an administrative meeting between India and Bangladesh, the Indo-Bangla Enclave Exchange Coordination Committee will submit a rehabilitation plan for the dwellers of Indian enclaves in Bangladesh who want to settle in India after the land boundary agreement has been implemented.

The meeting is scheduled to be held in the first week of August in Kolkata where secretaries of both India and Bangladesh governments will discuss the enclave exchange and Teesta water-sharing issues.

According to the sources, representatives of West Bengal government, too, will be present in the meeting.

The committee is expected to submit a list of 149 families who want to settle in India with a rehabilitation plan to look after their stay, in a report to Coochbehar’s district magistrate (P Ulganathan) on Monday, said committee secretary Diptiman Sengupta.

India and Bangladesh governments had signed the enclave exchange protocol in September 2011.

In April 2012, the committee had presented a report before the Indian High Commission in Bangladesh – after surveying enclaves on both sides of the border – in which it had listed details of 149 families (743 residents from eight Indian enclaves in three Bangladesh districts) willing to take up citizenship here in the country.

Sengupta said for the rehabilitation of these families, the committee will propose for the allotment of land when it tables its report before the DM on Monday.

“We need 15.77 acres of land to build homes (for them). We would arrange for the plots, too. This is our requirement in the first phase. And if the government agrees, a community centre can also be built for them,” he said, adding that they have already held two meetings with the DM in this regard.

DM Ulganathan said: “The (two) meetings were held last month. Certain issues were discussed. If they submit a list or any survey report on the enclaves, we would forward it to the state government.”

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