RANGPUR: Land ownership of the people living in former enclaves of Panchagarh ensured on Tuesday with handing over of the land record and map documents to the district administration, reports BSS.
Dinajpur Zonal Settlement Officer Shamsul Azam handed over the documents at a function to Executive Magistrate of Panchagarh Subal Chakma, who received those on behalf of the Panchagarh district administration.With handing over of land documents, the long-cherished dream of the former enclave people fulfilled following the historical diplomatic achievement of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in exchanging the enclaves three years back with India.
As per the historic Land Boundary Agreement under the Mujib-Indira Accord of 1974, the Bangladesh and India swapped control of 162 enclaves on August 1, 2015, of which 51 went to India.
Shamsul Azam said there are 36 erstwhile enclaves in Panchagarh with 11,962.78 acres of land mapped in 26,447 ‘Khatians’ located in 19 ‘Mouzas’ of Sadar, Debiganj and Boda upazilas of the sub-Himalayan district.
“The process of land survey began on February 6, 2016 and final documents of the land records, maps were prepared by the Land Record, Survey Department,” he said.