NEW DELHI, Dec 18 � Allaying apprehension, the Centre has clarified that the Protocol to the Agreement Concerning the Demarcation of the Land Boundary between India and Bangladesh is based on the situation on the ground and was finalised after consultations with Government of Assam. Implementation of the agreement would not lead to dislocation of people living in the border areas.
A Protocol signed on September 6, last during the visit of the Prime Minister to Bangladesh is based on the ground situation, takes into account the wishes of people living in the area involved and was prepared in close consultation with the State Governments concerned, including Government of Assam, said Minister of State for Home Affairs, M Ramachandran in a Lok Sabha reply.
The Land Transfer Bill that is pending clearance by the Union Cabinet had been held back by the Centre following objections by the Opposition. The Central Government is currently trying to work out a consensus by holding discussion with various political parties.
In implementing, the agreement, people living in the border areas would not be dislocated, the Minister said.
Meanwhile, the Centre has claimed that there is no encroachment by foreign countries along Indo-Bangladesh, Indo-China, Indo-Nepal, Indo-Bhutan and Indo-Myanmar borders.