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Solution to Indo-Bangla enclaves soon: CM Mamata

“Hope the problem will be resolved soon. We hope there will be a diplomatic agreement. We have asked for rehabilitation package from the Centre”, Banerjee said. Her government would write a letter to the Centre requesting an early solution to the problems of enclaves. “Only implementation of the LBA will not do, a proper rehabilitation package will have to be worked out and there should be also improvement of roads,” she said.

The relation between India and Bangladesh have been cordial and will continue to remain so.“We want people living in the enclaves to get their rights. I wish both Bangladesh and India stay well,” she said.

Interestingly, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in Assam last week that steps would be taken to stop inflow of illegal migrants from Bangladesh with which India would operationalise the land swapping deal for a permanent solution to the infiltration problem.

There are 162 adversely-held enclaves in Bangldeshi and Indian territories.India will exchange 111 enclaves measuring 17,160 acres to Bangladesh and receive 51 enclaves covering 7,110 acres. Almost 51,000 people reside in these enclaves. The territories involved in the exchange are in Assam, West Bengal, Meghalaya and Tripura.

The chief minister then turned to Cooch Behar.“We have decided to set up two medical colleges in Coochbehar, one private and one government-run.We want industries to be set up in Coochbehar. We will give 50 per cent subsidies if they set up even small units here. Local people should get employment opportunities”, said Banerjee.

“From polytechnic colleges to fire stations and Rajbangshi Academy — we have initiated several projects here. We will observe 150th birth anniversary of Panchanan Barma. A committee has been formed”, said Banerjee.

“Do not marry off girls at an early age. Register them under Kanyashree. Encourage girls to study. At 18 years of age, girls will get Rs 25000 for pursuing higher education. We have registered 16 lakh girls under Kanyashree scheme”, she said.

One lakh unemployed youths have been registered under the Yuvashree scheme. “We have started employment banks. We have started Sikkhashree scheme to encourage SC/STs to pursue higher education. We have to clear the darkness beneath the lamp. We have to spread the light of education,” Banerjee explained.

Over the next 2-3 years, 500 marketing centres will come up in Bengal. “One lakh unemployed youth will get jobs. We have started crop insurance for farmers. We have distributed Kisan Credit Cards. We have given power tillers and pumpsets to poor farmers,” she explained.

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