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Enclave people asked to go to mainland by Nov 30
Observer Online Desk
Published : Sunday, 21 June, 2015,  Time : 10:54 PM,  View Count : 7
As part of the implementation of the Land Boundary Agreement (LBA), interested people living in enclaves will have to go to their mainland either in Bangladesh or India after
selling their immoveable assets by November 30 this year.

Those want to go either to Bangladesh or Indian mainland will be able to carry their moveable assets, said a PID handout on Sunday.

If any citizen wants to continue with Indian and Bangladeshi citizenship, he or she will have to complete all the formalities by November 30 this year and will have to go to either Bangladesh or Indian mainland.

Travel pass will be issued for moving from one country to another at that time, the official release said.

It also mentioned that a joint team will elicit opinions from the people living in the enclaves in the first and second weeks of July this year.

The LBA will be implemented with effect from midnight of July 31, 2015 ending the prolonged sufferings of the people living in enclaves on both sides of Bangladesh and India.

“Bangladesh and India have agreed that the Bangladeshi enclaves in India and Indian enclaves in Bangladesh exchanged in pursuant to the 1974 Agreement and 2011 Protocol shall stand transferred to the other with effect from the midnight of July 31, 2015,” according to a document sent by Bangladesh Foreign Ministry recently.

The exchange of Letters on Modalities for Implementation of India-Bangladesh Land Boundary Agreement 1974 and Protocol of 2011 to the Land Boundary Agreement also said, “This shall be referred to as the Appointment Day.”

The travel of the residents who exercise options of moving from an enclave to the mainland of Bangladesh or India, as the case may be, will be arranged by the respective governments through cooperation as mutually agreed.

And it will take place by November 30, 2015 and the entry and exit points would be Haldibari, Burimari and Banglabandha on the Bangladesh-India border.

The entry, stay and secure functioning of the representatives in the joint visit, and setting up camps shall be facilitated by both governments.

Both governments shall facilitate orderly, safe and secure passage to residents of enclaves along with their personal belongings and moveable property to the mainland of Bangladesh or India, as the case may be, including through provision of travel documents.

Bangladesh and India shall print, sign at plenipotentiary level and exchange the interim strip maps of the un-demarcated sectors prepared as provided in article 2 of the 2011 protocol by the appointed day.

The ground demarcation of the boundary based on these interim strip maps will be completed by June 30, 2016.

The India-Bangladesh Agreement was signed on May 16, 1974 and an additional protocol was inked in September, 2011 during the then Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit to Dhaka.


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