Courtesy: New Age, Dhaka, 12 July, 2010, www.newagebd.com
The Chittagong Hill Tracts Citizen’s Committee on Saturday expressed concern over the government’s moves including readjustment of the boundaries of three hill districts and formation of a strategic management forum.
‘Carrying out of these plans without total implementation of the CHT accord might add to the ongoing tension in the hills,’ said a statement signed by the committee president, Gautam Dewan.
‘We are concerned at the government’s fresh plans in the hills instead of implementing the CHT accord which could restore dwindling peace in the hills. Moves to readjust boundaries were refused by the people’s representatives earlier,’ the statement said.
‘The problems the government want to address were political and they should be dealt with politically. The CHT accord was signed from this perspective,’ said the hill civic body.
The committee urged the government to implement the 1997 accord fully. ‘There is no other way but to implement the accord to solve the longstanding crises and bring about peace, friendship and stability in the region,’ said the statement.
According to newspaper reports, a review meeting on the situation in the hill tracts, chaired by prime minister Sheikh Hasina on May 5, placed a number of plans including readjustment of the boundaries of the three districts, transferring Baghaichhari upazila to Khagrachari from Rangamati, intensifying coordinated vigilance and strengthening paramilitary forces to guard the borders, and forming a strategic management forum with representatives from the ministries of the CHT Affairs, home, armed forces division, intelligence agencies, forest division and the circle chiefs concerned.