Ummid Assistant

'Pay Zakat ul Fitr to mend mistakes while fasting'

IGNOU trains teachers to develop online courses

Welcome Guest! You are here: Home » Views & Analysis

India, Bangladesh deal will bring prosperity: Meghalaya CM

Friday September 09, 2011 03:37:35 PM, IANS

Related Article

Assam protests India-Bangladesh land exchange

The land swap accord between India and Bangladesh has triggered angry protests in Assam with border villagers, student groups and the opposition  »

India, Bangladesh cement ties, sign comprehensive pact

Teesta disappointment clouds Manmohan's Dhaka visit

Bangladesh, a country that shares 54 rivers with India

Shillong: Meghalaya has lost 41 acres of land as India and Bangladesh have demarcated their boundaries but the overall agreement will only bring "goodwill and prosperity" to both countries, said state Chief Minister Mukul Sangma Friday.

Sangma was part of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's entourage to Bangladesh Sep 6-7. The two countries signed a framework agreement on cooperation for development and a protocol on demarcating their land boundary.

"We would be gaining around 240 acres of land under adverse possession of Bangladesh, but would be losing around 41 acres of our land to Bangladesh," Sangma told IANS.

The new India and Bangladesh land accord will safeguard the interests of Meghalaya, said Sangma.

"Instead of irritant and disputed border, we now expect to have a border which will enable us to have goodwill and prosperity and border of conflict should be converted into border of mutual trust," the chief minister said.

About 55 such enclaves in all were under adverse possession by India despite Bangladesh claiming them. Likewise, 111 territories were under adverse possession by Bangladesh, although India claimed it was their territory.

The land agreement between the two countries, however, decided that the dispute be resolved - those disputed enclaves under possession by India would be handed over to Bangladesh and vice versa.

These adverse possession areas were created when the erstwhile East Pakistan and India demarcated the international boundary in the mid-1960s.

There are 11 such areas in Meghalaya.

While Bangladesh cites documents of 1937, the Indian side relies on land records of 1914 to support its claims. The exact area of the entire enclaves cannot be immediately estimated.

The border issue has been an "irritant", Sangma said adding, the northeastern states despite being surrounded by international borders have "no meaningful trade and commerce".

"Therefore, it has become very important to ensure that there is a conducive atmosphere created along the border and relations are built up for furthering our engagement of trade and commerce," Sangma told IANS.

Sangma who held several meetings with various top Bangladeshi leaders including Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, wanted tourism between India and its neighbours to improve.

"Look at Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand which lure lakhs of international tourists each year earning billions from this upcoming industry. India, Bangladesh and Bhutan together could become one of the world's biggest tourist circuit if these countries coordinated properly," he said.

"The northeastern part of India is a 'virgin area' with a lot of resources. We can explore the opportunities together for future generation," the chief minister added.

However, the border villagers from Pyrdiwah and Lyngkhat areas which are adversely held in Meghalaya's East Khasi Hills have expressed unhappiness with the swapping of land.

According to a recent joint border survey, out of the current 220 acres, Pyrdiwah will be allowed to hold only 193 acres.

"We are waiting for the minutes of the actual agreement to know whether India really agreed to the proposal of the joint border survey," said Peter Rynjah, secretary of the Federation of Ri War Mihngi Local Dorbars, a body representative of 132 villages in the border areas.

Of the 4,098 km long border shared between India and Bangladesh, Meghalaya shares a 443 km border with Bangladesh, part of which is porous, hilly, unfenced and is prone to frequent infiltration.




Bookmark and Share

Home | Top of the Page



Note: By posting your comments here you agree to the terms and conditions of

Comments powered by DISQUS




Top Stories

Delhi blast: Investigators still grappling for clues, toll 13

Investigators probing the Delhi High Court bombing were Thursday grappling for clues to identify the perpetrators, a day after a powerful explosion   »

Now 'Indian Muzahiddin' email claims Delhi blast

OIC condemns Delhi blast

Kashmiris express shock and anger at Delhi attack


  Most Read

The burden of being Muslim

The torture wasn’t limited to those arrested; the police used every trick in the book to make their victims ‘confess’. Family members were also subjected to torture. Ataur Rahman, in his mid-60s, lived in Mumbai with  »

Muslim paper takes up Hindu cause, furthers oneness

Don't kill cows and don't eat beef - that's the message of harmony a Muslim editor in Uttar Pradesh has been sending out to the community since 1998 when he began a newspaper to bridge divides in the communally sensitive state. The Daastaan-e-Awadh, which used to be in Urdu but is   »


  News Pick

US to veto Palestinian bid for statehood at UN

Washington will veto any Palestinian effort to seek a statehood at the UN Security Council (UNSC), said the US government Thursday.  »

Palestinian official hits out at US policy on UN bid

Seven more Vidarbha farmers commit suicide in last 48 hours

With seven cotton growers committing suicide in the past two days, a total 514 farmers have so far killed themselves in 2011 alone in the Vidarbha region of Maharashtra, an NGO fighting for   »

Monsoon session ends; Parliament adjourns sine die

Both houses of parliament were adjourned sine die Thursday after the monsoon session that began Aug 1, with Rajya Sabha Chairman M. Hamid Ansari and Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar regretted the loss of working   »


Picture of the Day

The 27th of Ramadan (August 26, 2011 this year), "Laylet al-Qadr" (Night of Power), is one of the holiest nights of the Islamic calendar, the night when the Quran began to be revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him). Millions from around the world visit the Grand Mosque in Makkah from all over the world and pray over the night.



RSS  |  Contact us


| Quick links



Subscribe to

Ummid Assistant






About us




Government Schemes










Contact us





      Disclaimer | Terms of Use | Advertise with us | Link Exchange is part of the Awaz Multimedia & Publications providing World News, News Analysis and Feature Articles on Education, Health. Politics, Technology, Sports, Entertainment, Industry etc. The articles or the views displayed on this website are for public information and in no way describe the editorial views. The users are entitled to use this site subject to the terms and conditions mentioned.

© 2010 Awaz Multimedia & Publications. All rights reserved.