Amid Debate Over Pan-India NRC, Mamata Govt Decides to Regularise 94 Refugee Colonies
Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday announced that all refugee colonies on central government and private lands up to 3 acres will be regularised. The displaced people will also be given land rights by the Trinamool Congress government, Banerjee said.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in Nabanna: We have decided to regularize all the lands (refugee settlements), solely because it has been a long time now. Since (March) 1971, they have been left hanging without a home or land. I believe refugees have the right. pic.twitter.com/b1YjfmGDQ0— ANI (@ANI) November 25, 2019
Her statement came in the backdrop of the Centre's announcement that the National Register of Citizens (NRC) process would be carried out across the country.
Alleging that the TMC is protecting illegal immigrants from Bangladesh as they are the party's votebank, senior BJP leaders have asserted that NRC would be implemented in the state.
The state government had earlier regularized 94 refugee colonies which were on state government land, she said after a Cabinet meeting.
"But there are several refugee colonies on the land owned by the central government and private parties. We have been saying this for a long time asking them to regularise these refugee colonies and provide them with land possession. However, they have sending eviction notices," Banerjee said.
(With PTI inputs)