Courtesy: New Age, Dhaka, Nationl, July 31, 2010
Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha . Khagrachari
The chairman of Chittagong Hill Tracts Land Commission, Justice Khademul Islam Chowdhury, has said his commission is ready to solve land disputes in the region.
‘The commission has so far taken 1,000 applications into cognizance to dispose of the land disputes and it will start the trial process very soon,’ he told a press briefing in Khagrachari on Friday.
He, however, expressed apprehension about disruption in the trial due to absence of members of the commission.
Chairman of the Taskforce for Rehabilitation of India Repatriated Tribal Refugees Jatindra Lal Tripura, MP, deputy commissioner Anisul Haque Bhuiyan and commission secretary Md Abdul Hamid were present at the press briefing.
In response to a call of the commission, Justice Khadem said as many as 3,933 applications were submitted to the commission. ‘Of which, 2,839 were submitted from Khagrachari, 769 from Rangamati and 325 from Bandarban,’ he added.
He said the commission had made preparation for trial and resolving the land disputes after taking 1,000 applications into cognizance. ‘We are now exchanging views with all quarters so that no disagreement is created to this end,’ he said.
About the absence of the commission members and their opposition, Justice Khadem said discussion could be held at the meeting if anybody had any suggestions.
Replying to a question on what will be held earlier —trial or survey —, he said the commission was not sitting for the survey.
Justice Khadem said directives had been given to the ministry concerned to start the land survey in the region as no such survey was held after the independence of Bangladesh.
‘The government has no accurate information about the quantity of land in the region and their classifications. And for this, a survey is needed immediately to resolve the land disputes,’ he said.
After taking charge of the land commission chairman, Justice Khadem immediately announced to start the work of the land survey in the region.
To this end, he has been facing opposition from a section of the hill leaders, while many members including chairman of the CHT Regional Council Jyotirindra Bodhipriya alias Santu Larma and Debashish Roy have been boycotting the meetings of the commission.