Chittagong Hill Tracts: Resolving Land Disputes
Below is an article published by the Daily Star :
Chairman of Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) Land Dispute Resolution Commission Justice Khademul Islam Chowdhury yesterday [26 April 2010] urged all concerned to help the commission resolve land disputes in hills.
“Goodwill as well as cooperation of all concern is needed for resolving land disputes in hills. It is not a complicated job. If we work together, it will be easy to resolve,” Justice Khademul said while briefing newsmen after commission's meeting at Rangamati Circuit House in the morning.
On a recently issued public notice seeking information from the people of three hill districts about their disputed lands, the commission chief said they have so far received 143 applications---135 from Khagrachhari and eight from Rangamati districts.
He said the commission is working relentlessly for the welfare of those who have been affected by land disputes in three hill districts. “Today's meeting is aimed at intensifying the ongoing campaign so that everyone can be aware of our task,” Justice Khademul said, adding that the commission wants to go ahead without further delay.
Replying to a query about CHT peace accord, the land commission chairman said the government is very sincere in full implementation of the accord. He said the next meeting of the commission will be held on May 13 .
Additional Divisional Commissioner of Chittagong Nurul Islam, Chairman of Rangamati Hill District Council Nikhil Kumar Chakma and Rangamati Deputy Commissioner Sourendra Nath Chakraborty attended the meeting. Chairman of CHT Regional Council Santu Larma and Raja Devashish Roy, two key members of the commission, were not present in the meeting.