With chief minister Miss Mamata Banerjee and Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi scheduled to visit Bangladesh on the first week of June, the Indo-Bangla Enclave Exchange Committee wants that the two leaders should take up the Land Boundary Agreement (LBA) issue with Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. They demanded speedy implementation of the gazette notification of the LBA signed for the enclave dwellers between two countries. While the chief minister is scheduled to visit Bangladesh on 5 June, Prime Minister Modi will arrive on 6 June.
According to members of the Indo-Bangla Enclave Exchange Committee the LBA was passed, but till now the gazette notification has not been issued. If the gazette notification is not issued then the process for shifting of the enclave dwellers will be delayed. Eventually the rehabilitation package offered to the dwellers will also be delayed. The members, however, claimed that if the issuance of the gazette notification is delayed then there are chances of deteriorating law and order situation in both the countries.
Mr Diptiman Sengupta, general secretary of the Indo-Bangla Enclave Exchange Committee, said that they will urge both Mr Modi and Miss Banerjee to raise the matter with Bangladesh government for speedy issuance of gazette notification of LBA.Significantly few days back, the committee had submitted a rehabilitation plan for the enclave dwellers to the state government for consideration.
A primary assessment has shown that around 7,000 people living in the 111 Indian enclaves in Bangladesh may choose to move to India. Under LBA, India will transfer 111 enclaves (land with people belonging to Bangladesh but encircled by Indian Territory) measuring 17, 160.63 acres to Bangladesh and will receive from the neighbouring country 51 enclaves measuring 7, 110.2 acres. In addition, India will acquire 2777.038 acres adverse possession areas and transfer 2267.682 acres adverse possession areas to Bangladesh.
In terms of population, India has to bear the responsibility of nearly 14,215 people (as per government statistic, which might be increased subject to villagers request on where they want to stay). On the other side, Bangladesh has to take care of nearly 37,369 people, with the several government schemes.