Banglar Manabadhikar Suraksha Mancha (MASUM) organized a civic discourse in Kolkatta over the issue of enclaves at India and Bangladesh. The situation at the enclaves was euphoric after the passing of 119 Constitutional Amendment Bill in Rajya Sabha. The majority of the populace found this action as a ray of hope but with distrust.
The distrust was about the willingness of the governments and their intention to solve the issue with grassroot level participation of the people. In this overall situation; activists of MASUM with other friends visited Karola, Falnapur, Kukuabari and Nalgram enclaves on 7th and 8th May 2015 and interacted with residents, documented their views and canvassed for the civic discourse; though in few enclaves the team was restricted by the undemocratic forces having malafide interests.
The civic discourse was attended by nearly 350 residents at Pantha Nibas; Coochbehar. Sizeable number of women and young were present during the discourse. Mr. Justice Samresh Banerjea presided over the event. It was started with folk songs performed by Mr. Jogindranath Sarkar and Ms. Seema Tamang and conducted by Mr. Biplab Mukherjee.
The perspective and importance of the event was discussed by Mr. Kirity Roy; Secretary- MASUM. Justice Banerjea made his presidential speech and put light on legal aspects of the Constitutional amendment as well as the treaties for land transfer. Mr. Debabrata Chaki; an eminent protagonist of enclave issue; spoke on the historicity of the enclave problem. After recess, the representatives from enclaves spoke; they narrated their problems, their doubts and worries. Mr. Brijendranath Barman; Falnapur, Mr. Brindeshwar Barman; Falnapur, Mr. Makshadul Haque; Nalgram, Mr. Keshab Bir; Kukuabari, Mr. Rabindra Adhikary; Bhandardah, Mr. Pradip Burman; Kukuabari, Mr. Bisheswar Barman; Banskatha, Mr. Anwar Hussain and Mr. Abdul Hamid Mia; Cheuti Kishtur and Mr. Kamlendu Barman; Falnapur were the speakers from enclaves. Kumar Supriya Narayan, heir of Cooch Behar Royal family was also present.
Mr. Kirity Roy then summed up the issues brought before the house and read out the resolutions; the resolutions were:-
- · Meeting welcomes the Governments of India Bangladesh & West Bengal for coming up together to solve the problem of enclaves, though late, after 68 years.
- · All enclave dwellers must be provided with an identity document with immediate effect
- · Governmental package of compensation and rehabilitation be in public domain
- · An enclave level census must be initiated immediately
- · The governments must publish an enclave level list of affected population with their property details
- · All the decisions regarding enclave land exchange, enclave dwellers must be included in the process
- · Communal harmony must be protected in future