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Bira Bidjan Colonization Work May Be Turned over to Land Commissariat Officials

The entire colonization work in Bira Bidjan, Far Eastern Republic, where the Soviet government has been planning a Jewish state, should be transferred from the Comzet and the Ozet to the government’s land commissariat, suggests a report of a special committee of the land commissariat which went to Bira Bidjan to investigate the Jewish colonization work there. The Comzet is the government department for settling the Jews on the land, and the Ozet is the society for settling the Jews on the land.

After receiving the report of the land commissariat’s committee, the praesidium of the Far Eastern regional executive committee adopted the following four resolutions:

It recognizes that the colonization work in Bira Bidjan has been proceeding too slowly and is generally unsatisfactory.

It recognizes that the district organizations have not paid attention to previous resolutions to assist the Jewish colonization. This requires investigation and punishment of the guilty.

It recognizes that Bira Bidjan has great possibilities for the development of agriculture and industry and in view of the great economic possibilities of the region for the entire Soviet Union it is necessary to institute a thorough investigation and to invite expert opinion.

It feels that Bira Bidjan should be separated into an independent administrative district which will include all the sections allocated for Jewish colonization.

The committee of the land commissariat favors developing Bira Bidjan by bodies affiliated with the land commissariat.

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