India cabinet approves land boundary deal with Bangladesh

The Indian cabinet today approved a constitution amendment bill to operationalise Land Boundary Agreement with Bangladesh.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired the meeting held in New Delhi, our correspondent reports.

bd-indiaIt is however not clear immediately whether the bill includes Indian state of Assam.

Earlier, Indian media reported claims that New Delhi decided to introduce a major change in the Land Boundary Agreement with Bangladesh, keeping Assam out of the purview of the pact, which was strongly opposed by the Congress.

THE ASSAM PURVIEW AND LAND SWAP

According to the reports, the draft has been prepared keeping delinking Assam from the pact following a directive of the top government functionaries.

As agreed upon through several rounds of negotiations, Assam is set to lose land — around 268 acres — if the LBA is ratified. Assam giving up land is part of settling a disputed 6.5 km stretch that is been with Bangladesh since partition.

Under the transfer of areas in adverse possession, India will receive 2,777 acres of land and will transfer 2,267 acres of land to Bangladesh through implementation of the 2011 protocol. It seems Bangladesh will lose around 510 acres of land.

As with the enclaves, India will receive 51 Bangladeshi enclaves spread over of 7,110 acres of land while Bangladesh will get 111 Indian enclaves spread over 17,158 acres of land.

Following the exchange, Bangladesh will gain 10,048 acres of land from India.

– Star Online Report


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