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Many erstwhile enclave dwellers are denied basic rights by the government without any reason

Kirity Roy



12 December 2016

To
The District Magistrate
Coochbehar District

Dear Sir,

Here I want to draw your kind attention on continuity of apathy towards the erstwhile enclave dwellers by the Governments of India and West Bengal. Till date they are devoid with citizenry guarantees and deliverances.

I am writing you with deep concern that the dwellers of erstwhile Bangladeshi enclave of Karola under Dinhata ll Block, are living with great disappointment and hopelessness as rights and social security entitlements are still not delivered to them.

The villagers live on agriculture and their economical condition is not well. A number of populace till date not received the JOB CARDS which is required to get daily wage engagement under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNRGEA). The aggrieved made several visits to the Nayerhat Gram Panchayet but in vain. The aggrieved persons made applications for the job card with others; though a section of the population received the cards but a sizeable section till date not received the same. On 2nd August 2016,  they made written applications to the Block Development Officer; Dinhata II Block and subsequently to your office on 20thOctober 2016 but till date no appropriate action has been taken.

The enclave dwellers were always being refused while asking for issuance of ration cards under PDS, due to their non- citizenship status at that time before 2015. After the agreement (LBA 2015) between India and Bangladesh, the villagers (Karola enclave) made subsequent written complaints before the Block Development Officer and Sub Divisional Officer.

After ignored by the administrative officer at block and sub divisional level, they lodged a complaint before your office on 20.10.2016. But that too not responded.

This pathetic situation of section of populace is in violation of constitutional guarantee regarding “Right to Life” and its constant violation is due to apathetic attitude of the governmental administration.

In this regard, I request you to facilitate early distribution of job cards and subsequent job to all the eligible persons of Karola (erstwhile enclave).

I am attaching a list of aggrieved persons herewith.

Thanking you,
Yours sincerely
Kirity Roy
Secretary, Banglar Manabadhikar Suraksha Mancha (MASUM)
National Convenor, Programme Against Custodial Torture & Impunity (PACTI)
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