People in Indian enclaves in Bangladesh want compensation package

Most of the estimated 600 people who want to migrant to India under the India-Bangladesh enclave swap agreement are seeking a compensation package for leaving their land and other properties in that country.

PTI| Last Updated: Jul 23, 2015, 20:42 PM IST

New Delhi: Most of the estimated 600 people who want to migrant to India under the India-Bangladesh enclave swap agreement are seeking a compensation package for leaving their land and other properties in that country.

None living in Bangladeshi enclaves in India wants to stay in that country, as per a joint survey conducted from July 6 to July 16, official sources said.

However, so far there is no clarity on what kind of package could be offered to those who want to migrate to India.

The fear among the 600 people, mostly Hindus, is that while they will have to forgo their land and other properties in Bangladesh, they are not certain what they will get in return after coming to India.

The Centre has already sanctioned a Rs 3,048 crore package for rehabilitation of the people affected by the exchange of enclaves under the Land Boundary Agreement (LBA) implementation.

As per the LBA, India will hand over 51 enclaves, comprising 7,110 acres to Bangladesh while the neighbouring country will give India 111 enclaves comprising around 17,160 acres.

Bangladesh and India will implement the LBA of 1974 and Protocol of September, 2011, in a phased manner over the next 11 months.

Between July 31, 2015 and June 30, 2016, the entire process, including physical exchange of enclaves and land parcels in adverse possession along with boundary demarcation, is expected to be completed.

India and Bangladesh will print, sign at plenipotentiary level and exchange the strip maps of the un-demarcated sectors.

Both governments will facilitate "orderly, safe and secure passage" to the enclave dwellers along with their "personal belongings and movable property" to Bangladesh or India through proper "travel documents", according to a letter exchanged by the two countries.

The passage "will be arranged by the respective governments take place by November 30, 2015".

India and Bangladesh have also outlined the modalities of a complex process of settlement of immovable property. The dwellers, who are hoping to move from one enclave to another country as proper citizen for the first time since Independence, will have to provide "details of the records and specifications of immovable property" to the local district administration.

The details will be posted in the public domain by the administrations and the governments will "facilitate remittance of sales proceeds" of the property.