Indo-Bangladesh land swap deal

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    Indo-Bangla land swap may alter Assam map

    GUWAHATI: The map of Assam might soon get changed as an exchange of land, adversely possessed by both India and Bangladesh along the 4,156-km international frontier, is likely to be finalized in an agreement to be signed when Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, accompanied by Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi, visits the neighbouring country next month.

    "We are looking for a settlement of the border dispute. We are ready to exchange the adversely possessed land and complete demarcation of the border. In fact, India will get back more land than what Bangladesh gets," Gogoi said here on Saturday.

    The border dispute between the two countries is in 25 points in West Bengal, Tripura, Meghalaya and Assam - of which India adversely possesses 1,165.49 acres of Bangladesh land at 18 points. On the other hand, Bangladesh adversely possesses 1,880.81 acres of India's land at seven points.

    The Daily Star, an English language newspaper published from Bangladesh, has reported that "the boundary agreement is expected to resolve the decades-old disputes involving 3,000 acres of Bangladesh land inside India, 51 enclaves and 6.5km un-demarcated border".

    It added, "Similarly, India has about 3,500 acres of land and 111 enclaves adversely possessed inside Bangladesh. The border deal will involve boundary strip maps, exchange of 162 enclaves and 6,500 acres of adversely possessed land and 6.5 km un-demarcated borders between the two countries and 24-hour access to Bangladesh's Dahagram and Angarpota enclaves through Tin Bigha corridor."

    According to records available with the Assam government, 499.79 acres of state's land in Dhubri and Karimganj districst have been in adverse possession of Bangladesh since 1948, which could be returned to India by Bangladesh when the new border agreement is signed. The Indira-Mujhib Pact signed in 1974 to demarcate the border between the two countries has not been implemented so far. The border fencing has not been completed because of this.

    Of the total area, an 189.06 acre of land in Goroibari, Dhubri has been under illegal possession of Bangladesh since 1948. Two other areas - 11.73 acre in Pramodenagar tea estate and 299 acre in Palatal in Karimganj district in southern part of the state - were grabbed by Bangladesh in 1965. Since then, the two areas have been in its adverse possession. There is, however, no adversely possessed Bangladesh land inside Assam......

    Indo-Bangla land swap may alter Assam map - Times Of India
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    AGP rejects Indo-Bangla land swap plan

    GUWAHATI: Opposing the possible land-swapping agreement between India and Bangladesh, AGP on Monday led a procession of over 1,000 people to gherao the Raj Bhawan.

    Rubbishing chief minister Tarun Gogoi's comment on settling the border dispute between Assam and Bangladesh by possible land-swapping of adversely possessed areas on the India-Bangladesh border, the party said the regional party would not allow even an inch of land to go to the neighbouring country.

    "The AGP will neither allow the Centre nor the state to give away even an inch of own land to Bangladesh. When the entire state is suffering due to influx, such a weak stand of the government is not acceptable," said AGP president Chandra Mohan Patowary.

    According to state government records, 499.79 acres of land in Dhubri and Karimganj districts have been in adverse possession of Bangladesh since 1948. Further, 189.06 acres of land in Goroibari has been under illegal possession of Bangladesh since 1948. Two other areas - 11.73 acres in Pramodenagar tea estate and 299 acres at Palatal in Karimganj district - were grabbed by Bangladesh in 1965. However, no adversely possessed land of Bangladesh is inside Assam.....

    for full article: AGP rejects Indo-Bangla land swap plan - Times Of India
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    ‘Never meant Assam's interest will be conceded’

    Guwahati: Facing flak from Opposition for his remark on resolving the Indo-Bangladesh border dispute by possible swapping of land in adverse possession, Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Friday said, he did not mean that the state's interest will be ignored in such a scenario.

    "Do you think that, we will give up Assam's interest? There is dispute over land between the two countries since Independence, but none is giving up. Till today, no demarcation has been made in the areas in adverse possession of each other," he told reporters here.

    On the criticism from the BJP and the AGP for his remarks, he said, "What did they do, when they were in power to recover the land under adverse possession of Bangladesh? BJP had only started the fencing work and now they are accusing me." ..........


    for full article: http://zeenews.india.com/news/north-east/never-meant-assam-s-interest-will-be-conceded_729580.html
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    'Land swap for Chetia custody'


    GUWAHATI: Ulfa commander-in-chief Paresh Baruah on Wednesday accused India of trying to please Bangladesh with the border land swap deal to get custody of outfit's general secretary Anup Chetia against his will.

    Baruah also slammed chief minister Tarun Gogoi for not resisting the proposed land agreement, which would allegedly alter the geographical map of the state. The fugitive militant leader, who is opposing the ongoing peace process between the pro-talks faction led by Arabinda Rajkhowa and the government, said in an emailed statement on Wednesday, "Bangladesh is trying to hand over Chetia against his wish and India is going overboard to please the neighbouring country by signing the land swap deal in return."

    Even as chief minister Tarun Gogoi is preparing for the Bangladesh trip to be part of the land-swap agreement, which is expected to help India finally fence the international border, the Ulfa leader is critical of Gogoi's role......

    for full article: 'Land swap for Chetia custody' - Times Of India
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    State Govt appeasing ‘Bangladeshis’: BJP

    GUWAHATI, Sept 2 – The national vice-president of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Bijoya Chakravorty on Friday slammed the Tarun Gogoi-led Congress Government for following a ‘Bangladeshi-appeasing’ policy.
    Addressing media persons here, Chakravorty pointed out that the population explosion in the State in the last decade was proof of the Tarun Gogoi Government’s tilt towards Bangladesh.

    “Between 2001 and 2011, the population of Assam registered increased by 45 lakh. Now at the 23 per cent birth rate in Assam, such huge increase in population is not possible. So, it is easily understandable how the population of Assam has been increasing at an incredible rate,” said Chakravorty pointing out that already the existence of the indigenous communities were at stake on account of unabated infiltration and if the Congress government continued to patronize the Bangladeshis, the situation would go out of hand.

    Chakravorty said that the Congress has always ignored the interests of the State for retaining its vote bank and such politics has created much turmoil. “Before transferring land to Bangladesh, Tarun Gogoi should insist on Bangladesh to hand over land belonging to Assam and to take back its citizens,” said Chakravorty.....

    for full article: The Assam Tribune Online
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    Their is a state wide Bandh declared in protest to this land swap deal by Vishwa Hindu Parasad/BJP (not sure) and APG on 5th sept 2011.
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    If This Deal Goes By ,We May End Up Losing Lot of Land in This Deal but What It will Ensure is Permanent Fenced Border and End of Issues on Both Sides
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    Not sure why BJP and regional ally AGP is opposing this deal, but CM Gogoi clearly stated that India will gain more land from this deal (not metioning the disputed claims). But for sure it will settle boarder dispute with Bangladesh, something like PRC and Russia's joint agreement upon boarder dispute.
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    ULFA slams planned border swap deal

    The United Liberation Front of Assam (anti-talks has registered its strong opposition to the proposed exchange of adversely possessed land between India and Bangladesh during the visit of Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh to Dhaka on September 6-7, and warned Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi against taking a 'soft stand' on the issue.


    The faction in a statement issued to the media, has taken exception to Gogoi's reported statement that his government was ready for exchange of adversely possessed land with Bangladesh for resolution of vexed boundary disputes so that border fencing work could be completed.

    Gogoi is accompanying the PM along with four other chief ministers of Meghalaya, Mizoram, Tripura and West Bengal, states that share a border with the neighboring country.

    Gogoi further commented that the country would get more land that what Bangladesh would get from the exchange.

    The ULFA stated that while West Bengal would get some land from the proposed swapping of adversely possessed land between the two countries, N-E states of Assam, Mizoram, Meghalaya and Tripura would lose land.

    "The Central government has invited the four chief ministers to accompany the PM on his Bangladesh visit so that people of these states do not protest later," the ULFA statement said.

    The border dispute between the two countries was at 25 points in the four states. India adversely possesses 1,165.49 acres land at 18 points while Bangladesh adversely possesses 1880.81 acres of India's land at seven points.

    In case of Assam, 499.79 acres of state's land in Dhubri and Karimganj district have been in adverse possession of Bangladesh since 1948. This land may be returned to India by Bangladesh in case of signing of an agreement between the two countries during the PM's visit.

    Of the total area of land in Assam that is in adverse possession of Bangladesh, 189.06 acres in Golabari in Dhubri district has been under illegal possession of Bangladesh since 1948.

    Two other areas of 11.73 acres in Promodenagar Tea Estate and 299 acres in Palatal in Karimganj district in South Assam have been in possession of Bangladesh since 1965.
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    for full article: ULFA slams planned border swap deal - Rediff.com India News
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    what is the higher productivity of coconut of Assam means?
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    it means that the production of coconut per acre in Assam is higher than in Kerala, which without doubt is the highest coconut producing state. incidentally, the production of coconut in Assam increased after the adoption of Kerala dwarf variety.
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