The recently formed CCC, a platform of Jumma civil society figures, released a press statement today on the recently leaked out government policy on the CHT. Referring to a report, under the caption “Massive plan to stop violence and development” in the Daily Jugantor, a national vernacular published on 5th instant, Mr. Goutam Dewan, CCC President and former elected Chairman of Rangamati Hill District Local Government Council rejoins the government decisions, which include- readjustment of boundaries of 3 hill districts for creating a new district, formation of Strategic Management Forum, putting of strategic pressure on the CHT based regional political parties, holding of elections of Hill Districts and Regional Council based on UNDP recommendation by avoiding the question of Permanent Residentship and the legal bindings of the Hill Districts Councils and etc.
The press statement says “This is to be remembered, the Peace Accord was signed more than 12 years ago with the hope that peace and stability would be established in the troubled and unstable CHT which would directly or indirectly open the doors of national progress and probability. Like other people of the country the Hill people also believe that the full implementation of the CHT Accord can strengthen unbroken trust by ending all contradictions-conflicts–confusions and thus there shall be accelerated peace march in the CHT and all hindrances in practicing democracy shall be removed one after another. This Accord has been able get international acclamation as a milestone for establishing peace. And, for this extraordinary achievement Prime Minister Seikh Hasina bagged prestigious UNESCO peace award."
The press statement further states “We are extremely anxious on the news published in the Jugantor. The reason for our anxiety is, instead of the implementation of the CHT Accord the utterance includes such step (like readjustment of boundaries of 3 districts) which was ruled out by the CHT public representatives, at an opinion sharing meeting at the office of the Deputy Commissioner, Rangamati long ago, fearing the intensification of dissatisfaction. Otherwise, the full implementation of the Accord could have played vital role in bringing back peace, amity and stability from their gradual disappearance. We consider the issues which have been under consideration of the government, as mentioned in the news report for dealing with the problems, are of political nature and, hence, it is wise to resolve these politically. The signing of the CHT Accord has been done from this consideration. The pronounced steps as reported in the newspaper may help accelerate the ongoing instability in the region, instead of stopping; if the fullest implementation of the CHT Accord is not done. Therefore, we do not think that there is an alternative of immediate and fullest implementation of the CHT Accord for ending the long awaited resolution of the problem. We have firm conviction that the honourable Prime Minister Seikh Hasina would show her firmness and sincerity which she projected during the singing of the Accord.”