The West Bengal Chief Minister Ms Mamata Banerjee informed through social media that the enumeration work in the Chitmahal enclaves of India and Bangladesh has started from today. At the end of this process, the people of the Chitmahal will realize their long-cherished dream of citizenship, she said.
The West Bengal Chief Minister said on social media:
The enumeration work in the Chitmahal enclaves of India and Bangladesh has started from today.
This is a momentous day for my brothers and sisters of Chitmahal on both sides of the border. Because at the end of this process, they will realize their long-cherished dream of citizenship.
During this period of Ramzan, I convey ‘Mubarak’ and ‘শুভকামনা’ to the people of Bangladesh and India.
ভারত-বাংলাদেশ মৈত্রী দীর্ঘজীবি হোক…
After Rajya Sabha, Trinamool today lent its support to the 119th Constitution Amendment Bill, 2013 in Lok Sabha thus paving the way for land boundary agreement with Bangladesh.
Speaking on behalf of the party, Sugata Bose delivered an emotive speech, thanking everyone for rising above partisan politics for national interest, state interest and human interest.
Reminiscing about his first-hand experience of Muktijuddho in 1971, Sugata Bose rued the fact that it took 41 years to ratify the agreement signed by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibar Rahman and Indira Gandhi.
Quoting Tagore and Jibanananda Das, the eminent historian said, “What we are doing today will be a solution for a intractable problem. Let the message go out to the rest of South Asia we want peace and development for the downtrodden.”
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Trinamool today supported the Constitution (One Hundred and Nineteenth Amendment) Bill, 2013 in the Rajya Sabha which will pave the way for exchange of enclaves between India and Bangladesh.
Speaking on behalf of the party, the Chief Whip Sukhendu Sekhar Ray said Trinamool opposed the Bill earlier because State government was not appropriately consulted with by the then central government.
“WB CM Ms Mamata Banerjee has asked Central Govt to help the State in intervention to extend help & comprehensive rehabilitation. Bengal government has accepted the Bill in totality after the Central Government has agreed to sanction Rs 3900 crore for the rehabilitation,” he said.
We all are concerned about the separatist agitation that is going on within the district of Coochbehar, added SS Ray.
Maintaining that the agreement will solve the long standing problem between the two countries, Sukhendu Sekhar Ray also added that implementation of the Bill will decide the fate of 51,000 people.
He concluded saying that West Bengal government will work towards better relations between India and Bangladesh.
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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today said her government supported the Land Boundary Agreement with Bangladesh as the people wanted it and sought a package from the Centre for rehabilitation of those affected.
“With (rehabilitation) package we are supporting it (agreement),” Banerjee told reporters here after holding an administrative meeting with officials at Uttarkanya, the secretariat in north Bengal. “I talked to the local people. We are supporting it because the people were in favour of it. It is not that we are imposing it (on them)”, she said.
On the rehabilitation package, the chief minister said, “Our involvement of land is 17,000 acre. 60,000/70,000 people will come. We have demanded a package for their accommodation, food, for building roads, schools etc. We have to look after their livelihood and for that a package is required. We have to look into their problems. It is a humanitarian problem.”
Ms Banerjee had earlier stated that she demanded a ‘comprehensive package’ for rehabilitation of those who would come to this side of the border and settle here following exchange of enclaves between the two countries.