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Enclaves to come under One House One Farm scheme
Mohosinul Karim
Published :Sunday, 2 August, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 29
People of the 111 enclaves that got Bangladeshi citizenship from Saturday would be brought under the One House One Farm project.
The project, under Rural Development and Cooperatives Division of the LGRD Ministry, will expand its activities to the enclave people, who remained under-privileged for long 68 years, to boost up the locals' financial ability through  government support.
"We have taken initiatives to expand its activities to help enclave people by giving financial support from the project. The authority will send a letter to the Local Government and Rural Development Ministry seeking its permission tomorrow (Sunday)," Dr Proshanta Kumar Roy, the Project Director,         told the Daily Observer on Saturday at his office.
He hoped that they start forming societies in the enclaves soon.
The One House One Farm programme was taken up to reinvigorate the rural economy by organizing people under small societies and create fund with the contributions of members and the government. It's already working to achieve the goal, he said.
Around 41,500 small societies have already been formed. The members have deposited around Tk700 crore to their society accounts. The government has given around Tk1,800 crore to the fund as assistance.
Proshanta said the required number of societies would be formed in the enclaves. Each of the societies will have  minimum 60 members, who are to get necessary loans from the societies to start business or employment generating work against their deposit. The government will also give necessary fund for boosting up their funds.
The 111 Indian enclaves of northern parts of Bangladesh became the country's part as the clock struck a minute past midnight on Friday. At the same time, 51 Bangladeshi enclaves were also included with India.
The swap of little 'land islands' with India put an end to one of the most complex and puzzling border disputes the world has ever seen.
With the exchange of enclaves between two countries, around 50,000 people have finally been able to purge the ignominy of being subjugated in one's own country.

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