Parliament passes ‘historic’ land accord bill


New Delhi: The parliament on Thursday passed the constitutional amendment bill regarding the settlement of the enclave passages with Bangladesh.

“Historic milestone in India-Bangladesh relations,” Prime Minister Modi tweeted after the Lok Sabha’s nod. Modi also thanked the opposition parties for their support to the bill and spoke to his counterpart Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina.

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The bill was passed in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.

The bill aimed at giving effect to the acquiring the Indian enclaves and transfer of foreign territories to Bangladesh through the free passage to adverse possession and exchange of goodwill in accordance to the 1974 agreement.

These Indo-Bangla enclaves are known as “Chitmahal”s. Those enclaves are situated along the international border. The positions are located in various districts of Bangladesh and Indian provinces of West Bengal, Tripura, Assam and Meghalaya.

There are 131 Bangldeshi chitmahals in India and 95 Indian enclaves are spotted in Bangladesh. Both countries are hopeful, at last, new accord’s implementation will give the scope for an honourable life for the people of the chitmahals.