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Only 987 residents to migrate to India, while none coming to BD
Saleem Samad with Laili Begum in Kurigram
Published :Saturday, 12 September, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 127
After months of rigorous homework the Bangladesh officials have confirmed that none of the residents from defunct Bangladesh enclaves in India is coming.
Authorities in Bangladesh have said that they do not need to arrange repatriation, provide shelter and other reparation for 51 defunct Bangladesh enclave dwellers in India.
The four District Administrations responsible for swap of the 162 enclaves (111 Indian enclaves) have not made any arrangements, as a total of 14,215 residents of 51 enclaves have opted for Indian nationality.
District authorities of Kurigram, Nilphamary, Lalmonirhat and Panchagarh have confirmed that none from the former Bangladesh settlements in India are willing to return to Bangladesh, officials said.
The 55,664 residents of the enclaves have given their choice of citizenship independently as the deadline to announce their decisions expired on July 16.
The choice of the residents was made during the joint survey of populations of 162 enclaves in both Bangladesh and India during first half of July.
On the other hand, 987 residents out of 41,449 people in the 111 former Indian enclaves inside Bangladesh have decided to migrate to India, said Phulbaria Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Nasir Uddin Mahmud to Daily Observer correspondent in Kurigram.
It is understood from the district administrations of of Kurigram, Nilphamary and Lalmonirhat that the diplomats of Indian High Commission have competed distribution of 'Travel-ID' to all the 987 residents who opted for Indian nationality.
To expedite the formalities, a 5-member delegation from Indian High Commission in Dhaka led by diplomat Timir Ghose visited Kurigram last Sunday, said Kurigram District Administration Magistrate Shohel Maruf.
Indian diplomats visiting the enclaves last week told the residents that the Indian government will provide transportation for all moveable household goods for all. The Indian nationals of the enclaves will also be given modest shelter until the homes are constructed in India.
The final headcounts during 6-16 August of the residents choosing to migrate to either Bangladesh or India will be officially disclosed after the monsoon, a top official of Ministry of Home Affairs told The Daily Observer.
The Indian nationals will begin their trek to India after the monsoon season is over from  November 1-30.
On May 6, India formalised the 40-year-old Land Boundary Agreement (LBA) with Bangladesh during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Dhaka. Foreign Secretaries of Bangladesh and India signed and exchanged the instruments of exchange in the presence of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart.
The LBA was inked in 1974 by then Bangladesh Prime Minister Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

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