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Monday, July 26, 2010

Chittagong Hill Tracts: Which is first, is it survey or ownership?

Courtesy: Prothom Alo, Dhaka, Khola Kalom, July 26, 2010,

AMM Shawkat Ali, former Adviser of the Caretaker Government and former Secretary of the Government of People's Republic of Bangladesh writes the below article on the controversial land survey under the CHT Land Commission. He was inducted to the Dr. Fakhruddin Ahmed’s Caretaker Government, to replenish the half-vacant Council due to the resignation of Advocate Sultana Kamal and three others. He was responsible for Food and Disater Management Ministries.

He gives his opinion, "The land survey in the plainland is not synonymous with the land dispute resolution manifested in the CHT. There is no harm to conduct land survey at a later period. It is wise to give predominance to the much affected areas due to land aggression, after local inspection. In this regard, the cherrished goal should be to rehabilitate the indigenous peoples to their own lands."

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