To 19 April 2017
National Human Rights Commission
Manav Adhikar Bhawan
Block-C, GPO Complex, INA
I lodge this present complaint bringing to your kind attention of the pathetic condition of about 25 families residing at Uttar Banshjoni area under Dinhata Police Station, District-Cooch Behar, West Bengal. The family members of those families stated before our fact finding team that Uttar Banshjoni was an erstwhile Bangladeshi enclave. After execution of the Land Boundary Agreement between the Government of India and the Government of Bangladesh in the year 2015, the enclave merged into the territory of India. Since then even after lapse of two years, the families are still deprived from enjoyment of equal liberty and opportunities with the rest of the citizens of India. Though some development works are being taken up in other erstwhile Bangladeshi enclaves merged into Indian Territory, but till date no development work initiated in Uttar Banshjoni area. Few persons got voter identity card but their address in the voter card was wrongly recorded as Purba Mashaldanga instead of Uttar Banshjoni.
They are deprived of electricity, proper sanitation, drinking water, job card under MGNREGA and none from those families till date got any ration card. Their houses are in dilapidated condition and no road connectivity. The health centre, primary school and Anganwadi Kendra are distantly located from their area of residence.
They further stated that till date they are not clear which local admin would hear their problems. They moved to both the Office of the Block Development Officer, Dinhata-II and the Office of the Block Development Officer, Tufanganj, but none of them heard their problems. Finding no other way on 23.02.2017 they submitted a mass complaint before the District Magistrate’s Office, Cooch Behar. The petition was received in the Enclave cell of the District Magistrate Office, Cooch Behar. But till date no action has been taken on the said petition.
The present complaint reflects that the both the Union and State government failed to ensure basic services like water, sanitation, adequate housing, adequate health facilities, job opportunities to the erstwhile enclave dwellers of Uttar Banshjoni which is against the commitments made at the time of execution of the Land Boundary Agreement.
Hence I seek your urgent intervention in the present complaint with the following demands of justice for the victims:-
- The whole matter should be enquired into by an independent enquiring agency.
- The concerned authorities must be directed to take up all kinds of developmental activities under in Uttar Banshjoni area.
- The concerned authorities must be directed to ensure all sorts of social and economical facilities under the Government schemes to the residents of Uttar Banshjoni area.
National Convener- PACTI