The objective is to ensure that these settlers get land pattas and can avail of various licences and facilities extended by the state government, which has already regularised colonies on its land.
“The cabinet has decided to recognise all refugee colonies. We have already regularised 94 and given away related documents to the owners. We are looking at refugees from Kakdwip and Namkhana to Darjeeling. At least 119 are under process and plot by plot are being handed over to the owners,” chief minister Mamata Banerjee said after the meeting.
The state government has already given pattas (long-term settlement rights on government land) to 3.5 lakh families since it came to power in 2011
In Bengal, there are 94 refugee colonies on state land and 237 such colonies on central government and private land, where some 1.5 lakh families, who had crossed over from Bangladesh 40-50 years ago, reside. The state regularised the 94 colonies on its own land last fiscal.