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Thursday, October 15, 2015, Aswin 30, 1422 BS, Muharram 1, 1437 Hijr

Former enclave people euphoric
Warm welcome awaits PM in Kurigram
Anaet Shawon, from Kurigram
Published :Thursday, 15 October, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 11

The former adversely possessed enclave people who have been freed from extreme depravations are now experiencing development activities undertaken by the government to improve their standard of living.
The visit of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to Kurigram and the former enclaves has come to the population as a ray of hope for expecting an improved life with the completion of all the development projects.
The dreams of the enclave residents came true after India passed a constitutional amendment bill for the LBA.
India and Bangladesh exchanged 162 enclaves one minute after midnight on August 1, ending one of the world's most difficult border disputes, which kept several thousand people in a stateless limbo for the last 68 years.
Some 51 Bangladeshi enclaves having 7,110 acres of land in India and 111 Indian enclaves with 17,160 acres of land in Bangladesh were exchanged under the Mujib-Indira pact signed in 1974 and 2011 Protocol and Instruments of Ratification, exchanged during Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Bangladesh in June.
The exchange paved the way for enjoying benefits of nationality of Bangladesh or India and availing civic services, education, health-care and other facilities, being provided by the two governments to their respective nationals.
The erstwhile Bangladeshi enclaves have around 14 thousand residents and Indian enclaves are home to 37,000.
A festive mood has been prevailing in the former enclaves centring the visit of the Prime Minister and a warm welcome awaits her at Kurigram.
Talking to this correspondent in Dashiachhara in Kurigram ahead of the Prime Minister's visit, her Deputy Press Secretary Mamun-ur-Rashid said that initiatives have already been taken to ensure overall development of the people of the former enclaves as around Tk 33.60 crore has been allocated for 20 development projects.
Some 12 former enclaves, including Dashiachhara with a population of 6,608 situated in Kurgram.
"A plan is there to bring all the people of former Dashiarchhara enclave under electricity connectivity by this December," Mamun said, adding that the government will introduce the 'One House One Farm' project there to improve the standards of life of the former enclave people.
While talking to residents, this correspondent felt the euphoria sweeping through them as they had been given a statehood ending their 68 years of isolation.
A 50-year old Maleka Begum thanked the Prime Minister for making their dreams come true.
"None but Sheikh Hasina can? She can change our lot," she said.
Another college student Shahriar Rahman had written a poem titled "Days are Changed" and dedicating it to the Prime Minister for her contribution to the enclave people.
During the Prime Minister's scheduled public rally organised by the local unit of the Awami League at the Kurigram Government College ground she will inaugurate some 16 development projects and lay the foundation stones of 15 development projects.

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