RANGPUR: The multidimensional assistance and involvement of the government for mainstreaming thousands of people in erstwhile enclaves saw their standard of their living largely improved in the past four years, reports BSS.
The ambition of people living in all 111 former enclaves in Bangladesh have become fulfilled creating hopes for their future generations since exchange of all 162 closed communes, including 111 to Bangladesh and 51 to India on August 1 in 2015.Talking to the agency, General Secretary of defunct India-Bangladesh Enclave Exchanging Coordination Committee Md. Golam Mostafa said erstwhile enclave people are happy of getting more than expectation in only four years.
“The living standard of 37,000 people has improved following their mainstreaming through massive uplifts conducted by the government spending Taka 200 crore,” he said.
“It took over four decades to witness similar progress for people living in the mainland. Whereas, we reached same height in four years for sincere efforts of the government led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina,” Mostafa added.
Additional Divisional Commissioner (General) Md. Zakir Hossain said the government already implemented huge developments in former enclaves after implementation of the historic Land Boundary Agreement (LBA) as per Mujib-Indira Accord of 1974.
“Soon after exchanging 162 enclaves between Bangladesh and India on August 1, 2015, Bangladesh government allocated Taka 200 crore when government departments, NGOs and other organisations began implementing massive uplifts,” he said.
Every family of all former enclaves, including 12 in Kurigram, 59 in Lalmonirhat, four in Nilphamari and 36 in Panchagarh have got electricity, sanitation, pure drinking water and other civic facilities like in mainland.“Besides, trainings, loans, assistance and other facilities were provided to unemployed male and female youths for income generations and allowances to widows, older citizens, disabled people and sub-stipends to female students,” Hossain added.
Additional Director of the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) for Rangpur Region Muhammad Ali said DAE completed implementation of inclusive programmes spending 1.75 crore to modernise agriculture in former enclaves.