Will table land pact Bill,India tells Bangladesh

The Bill is required because the LBA envisages exchange of 161 adversely-held enclaves by India and Bangladesh.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: November 12, 2013 12:34:05 am

External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid told his Bangladeshi counterpart Dipu Moni on the margins of an ASEM meeting in New Delhi Monday that the UPA government will introduce a Bill in the December session of Parliament to ratify the Land Boundary Agreement (LBA) between the two countries.

While Dhaka ratified the LBA long ago,its implementation by New Delhi has been delayed as the Indian parliament needs to approve the agreement through a Constitution Amendment Bill.

The Bill is required because the LBA envisages exchange of 161 adversely-held enclaves by India and Bangladesh. The boundary can be demarcated only after the exchange.

The BJP,AGP and Trinamool Congress had scuttled efforts to introduce the Bill earlier this year,saying India stood to lose territory to Bangladesh.

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