Feb 05, 2014

Chittagong Hill Tracts: Step Forward In Full Implementation Of Peace Treaty 

The announcement of the CHT accord’s full implementation by lawmaker and vice-president of Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) Ushatan Talukdar marks a substantial step forward in the resolution of the land dispute between the CHT and the Bangladeshi government. 

Below is an article published by The Daily Star: 

Lawmaker and vice-president of Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) Ushatan Talukdar yesterday [4 February  2014] said the government should come forward to implement the Chittagong Hill Tracts Peace Accord fully. He hoped that the government will realise the matter to execute the accord fully.

The lawmaker, who was elected as an independent candidate from Rangamati district, was addressing a reception hosted for him by a section of eminent citizens in the capital's Liberation War Museum. Recalling the contribution of PCJSS founder Manabendra Narayan Larma, Ushatan vowed to continue his works to establish rights of the hilly people.

Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Rashed Khan Menon said it was frustrating that the accord was not fully implemented during the previous tenure of Awami League. He also hoped that the accord will be implemented fully during this tenure.

Columnist Syed Abul Maksud stressed the need for engaging more leaders from the hilly people in mainstream politics to create opportunities for them to contribute in nation building.
Politician Pankaj Bhattacharya, Bangladesh Adivasi Forum General Secretary Sanjeeb Drong, former Jahangirnagar University vice-chancellor Prof Anwar Hossain, advocate Rana Dasgupta and development activist Khushi Kabir, among others, spoke.