Published:  12:25 AM, 11 January 2019

Living standard improves in erstwhile enclaves

The standard of living of over 37,500 people living in 111 erstwhile enclaves in four northern districts marked laudable improvement in last three years following implementation of massive development works.

"Huge uplifts have taken place in former enclaves since implementation of the historic Land Boundary Agreement in 2015 as per the Mujib-Indira Accord of 1974," General Secretary of defunct India-Bangladesh Enclave Exchanging Coordination Committee Golam Mostafa said.

The people of erstwhile enclaves are amazingly happy of casting their votes for the first time in the eleventh parliamentary election with a hope for continuation of developments, reports BSS. Successful implementation of massive uplift projects by the government since 2015 spending Taka 200 crore has totally changed the life of all people living in former enclaves.

Divisional Director (Local Government) Zakir Hossain said every family of 111 former enclaves located in Kurigram, Lalmonirhat, Nilphamari and Panchagarh districts has got electricity, hygienic sanitation and pure drinking water facilities. "Infrastructural uplifts like construction of roads, bridges, culverts, hats-bazaars, drainage systems, educational institutions, community centres, digital sub-centres, police camps and houses for homeless have been implemented there," he said.

After providing trainings, the government departments and banks provided loans, inputs and assistance to youths for income generations and distributed allowances to widows, elderly citizens and disabled people and sub-stipends to female students.

Deputy Director  of the Department of Agriculture Extension Md Moniruz-zaman said, "We implemented comprehensive programmes spending Taka 1.75 crore in last three years to speed up growth in the agri-based economy in all erstwhile enclaves."

Executive Engineer of Panchagarh LGED Md Moniruzzaman said 32 schools, colleges and madrashas have been set up along with massive infrastructural uplifts in all former 36 enclaves located in Panchagarh district. Class-nine student Sumaiya of former enclave Garati in Panchagarh said she was very happy to study at Rajmahal High School there.

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