West Bengal CM Mamata agrees to Land Boundary Agreement

West Bengal CM Mamata agrees to Land Boundary Agreement

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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday announced her approval to the Indo-Bangla Land Boundary Agreement, brightening the prospect for the implementation of the long-pending deal, saying “the problem will be solved soon”.
“A solution is being worked out for border enclaves. Hope, the problem will be solved soon. We hope there’ll be a diplomatic agreement,” Mamata told a programme at Dinhata in Cooch Behar while inaugurating several state government projects.Mamata said her government would write a letter to the Indian Union government requesting for an early solution to the problems of enclaves, according to Indian media.
“Only implementation of the LBA will not do, a proper rehabilitation package will have to be worked out and there should be also improvement of roads,” she said.
“We want an early solution to the problem of the (border) enclaves. The relations between India and Bangladesh have been cordial and will continue to remain so (in future, too).”
She continued: “We want people living in the enclaves to get their rights. I wish both Bangladesh and India stay well.”
Last week, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in Assam that steps would be taken to stop the inflow of illegal migrants from Bangladesh with which India would operationalise the land swap deal for a permanent solution to the infiltration problem.
There are 162 adversely-held enclaves in Bangladeshi and Indian teritories.
India will exchange 111 enclaves measuring 17,160 acres to Bangladesh and receive 51 enclaves covering 7,110 acres. Almost 51,000 people reside in these enclaves.
The territories involved in the exchange are in Assam, West Bengal, Meghalaya and Tripura.
TMC had earlier proved to be a stumbling block when the UPA II government was closing in on the pact.  – Agencies

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