India-going enclave residents get ID cards
07 Septembar 2015, Nirapad News: As part of the implementation of the Land Boundary Agreement (LBA), Indian authority has begun the distribution of Temporary Travel-cum-Identity passes to people of erstwhile Indian enclaves.
The Travel-cum-Identity pass distribution program was formally inaugurated at Debiganj upazila rest house of Panchgarh district around 11:00am Monday.
Panchgarh additional district magistrate Mohammad Golam Azam presided over the program where India high commissioner Pankaj Saran attended as chief guest.
India deputy high commissioner Sandwip Mitra, Debiganj Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Shafiqul Islam, among others, were present at the program.
A total of 487 people in 26 erstwhile Indian enclaves in Panchgarh opted to retain their Indian nationality. Of them, four are in sadar, 52 in Boda and 431 in Debiganj upazilas.
Indian Travel-cum-Identity passes were distributed among them.
According to pre-declaration, India high commission started providing ID cards to 987 persons, who have opted to retain their Indian nationality in the 111 erstwhile Indian enclaves in Bangladesh at special camps located in the districts of Panchagarh, Lalmonirhat and Kurigram.
As per the understanding reached between India and Bangladesh, all the identified Indian nationals will finally cross over to India through designated Check Posts by November 30, 2015.