New Delhi Correspondent
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday asked the officials of Cooch Behar district bordering Bangladesh to speed up the process of handing over land ownership documents to people who opted to live in India after exchange of 111 enclaves as part of the bilateral land boundary deal.
If necessary, an ordinance would be issued to speed up the process, she said speaking at a meeting of the district administration in Cooch Behar town.
Referring to distribution of land right documents in the enclaves, Mamata said her government was working hard to give beneficiaries their due.
Under an enabling agreement signed during Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s maiden visit to Dhaka in June, 2015, Bangladesh and India had exchanged 162 adversely-held enclaves on August 1, 2015, ending one of the world’s most complex border disputes that had lingered for seven decades since Independence. The agreement ensured the full and final implementation of the Indira-Mujib accord of 1974.
In Cooch Behar, 111 Indian enclaves, spread across 17,160 acres, became a part of Bangladesh territory and 51 Bangladeshi enclaves, comprising 7,110 acres, joined India. The enclave residents were allowed to either reside at their present location or move to the other country.