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The standard of living of over 37,500 people living in 111 erstwhile enclaves in four northern districts has undergone significant improvement over last three years following implementation of massive development works, reports BSS.
“Huge uplifts have taken place in former enclaves since implementation of the historic Land Boundary Agreement in 2015 as per the Mujib-Indira Accord of 1974,” General Secretary of defunct India-Bangladesh Enclave Exchanging Coordination Committee Golam Mostafa said.
The people of erstwhile enclaves are amazingly happy of casting their votes for the first time in the eleventh parliamentary election with a hope for continuation of developments.
Successful implementation of massive uplift projects by the government since 2015 spending Taka 200 crore has totally changed the life of all people living in former enclaves.
Divisional Director (Local Government) Zakir Hossain said every family of 111 former enclaves located in Kurigram, Lalmonirhat, Nilphamari and Panchagarh districts has got electricity, hygienic sanitation and pure drinking water facilities. “Infrastructural uplifts like construction of roads, bridges, culverts, hats-bazaars, drainage systems, educational institutions, community centres, digital sub-centres, police camps and houses for homeless have been implemented there,” he said.
After providing trainings, the government departments and banks provided loans, inputs and assistance to youths for income generations and distributed allowances to widows, elderly citizens and disabled people and sub-stipends to female students. Deputy Director of the Department of Agriculture Extension Md Moniruzzaman said, “We implemented comprehensive programmes spending Taka 1.75 crore in last three years to speed up growth in the agri-based economy in all erstwhile enclaves.”
Executive Engineer of Panchagarh LGED Md Moniruzzaman said 32 schools, colleges and madrashas have been set up along with massive infrastructural uplifts in all former 36 enclaves located in Panchagarh district. Class-nine student Sumaiya of former enclave Garati in Panchagarh said she was very happy to study at Rajmahal High School there.
Talking to BSS, elderly citizen Abdar Rahman of former enclave Naya Banglagram in Nilphamari said he voted for the first time on December 30 after getting citizenship, land ownership and all government facilities. Class-ten student of Noya Banglagram village Naznin said, “I am happy to study in light of electric bulbs at home on way to building my future like other girls of my former enclave village.”
Elderly citizen Abdul Khaleque of former enclave Dashiarchhara in Kurigram said he got a new life with all government facilities and voted for the first time in the 11th parliamentary election.
The former enclave people have got smart cards, voting rights, electricity, roads, bridges, culverts, educational institutions and allocations under social safety-net programmes, sanitation and health services at doorsteps in a shorter period, he added.
Housewives Nur Nahar of Dashiarchhara said she was feeling herself as complete human being in own country and thanked Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for bringing a real change in her life like other women of former enclaves.
Deputy Commissioner of Kurigram Sultana Pervin said a community centre, a resource and learning centre, 23-kilometre ‘pacca’ road, drainage systems, three government primary schools and other infrastructures were constructed in Dashiarchhara alone.
The government has provided houses to homeless people, set up tube wells, sanitary latrines, distributed various assistance and inputs among local people for improving standard of living in former enclaves.
“The government is implementing more development programmes in former enclaves for mainstreaming the people living there with the national economy,” Sultana added.