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Under Bangabandhu’s ‘Jal Jaar, Jola Taar’ policy, bona fide fishermen are getting lease of Jolmohal -Land Minister

February 6, 2024 8:44 pm
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Land Minister Narayon Chandra Chanda participated in the question-and-answer session of the first session of the 12th Jatiya Sangsad (House of the Nation) on Tuesday afternoon. Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury presided over the session, with Leader of the House and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in attendance.

In response to a starred question from Nurunnabi Chowdhury of Bhola-3 constituency regarding the distribution of Khas land (State owned land) among the displaced and landless destitute of Lalmohan and Tazumuddin upazilas of Bhola district, the land minister stated that initiatives to distribute khas land among the displaced and landless poor people in Lalmohan and Tazumuddin upazilas of Bhola district for the current fiscal year are underway. The ministry has allocated funds for the construction of single houses on government khas land among 307 displaced families in Lalmohan Upazila and 358 in Tazumuddin Upazila for the current fiscal year. Once the construction of the houses is completed, they will be distributed among the displaced and landless poor people of Lalmohan and Tazumuddin upazilas.

Responding to another supplementary question from the same MP, the land minister stated that priority is being given to protecting the navigability of rivers due to environmental reasons in areas where the rivers are being filled. He mentioned that Khas land settlement will be provided to bona fide landless farmers as per applications for other Khas lands outside the land related to the river.

Addressing a supplementary question from Chapainawabganj-2 constituency MP Ziaur Rahman regarding Jolmohal (water bodies), the land minister referred to the principles laid down by the great architect of independent Bangladesh, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, who said, ‘Jal jaar, Jola taar’ (Who owns the fishing net, owns the water). Based on this principle, there are policies for leasing Jolmohal among bona fide fishermen (Government Jolmohal Management Policy 2009). If any objections are raised regarding irregularities, the list of fishermen’s cooperative societies will be revised by taking appropriate action after proper investigation, and only registered fishermen will be granted the lease of Jolmohal, the minister stated.

Responding to a supplementary question from SM Shahzada of Patuakhali-3 constituency regarding the settlement of boundary disputes in the char areas of the Upazilas, the land minister stated that there is an opportunity to settle the boundary by digital surveys upon proper application.