Courtesy: The Daily Star, Dhaka, Metropolitan, Dec 24, 2010, Web:
Members of the indigenous community yesterday demanded amendment to the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) Land Dispute Resolution Commission Act to resolve problems in the CHT region.
They also reiterated their demand for the resignation of the chairman of the CHT Land Commission as he takes decisions without consulting members of the commission.
They alleged that CHT Land Commission Chairman Khademul Islam Chowdhury has taken up some decisions, which go against the CHT peace accord.
The demands were made at a discussion meeting titled 'Land dispute in CHT and Land Dispute Resolution Commission Act' at the National Press Club in the city.
Speaking as the chief guest, Justice Gholam Rabbani said a separate law should be formulated to resolve land disputes in CHT region.
He also suggested forming an indigenous academy that would work to connect cultures of mainstream Bangalees with indigenous communities.
Presenting the keynote paper, Mangal Kumar Chakma said a high level committee decided there were 23 contradictory provisions in the CHT Land Dispute Resolution Commission Act that should be amended.
The committee also decided to remove the chairman of the commission but both decisions were not implemented, he added.
Mangal also alleged that the commission chairman is conducting its activities unilaterally.
Though the law was passed in 2001, the land dispute resolving rules were not formulated yet, he said, suggesting on doing so.
Shamsul Huda, executive director of Association for Land Reform and Development and Swapan Adnan, member of international CHT Commission, also spoke.
The meeting was jointly organised by Khagrachhari District Headman Association, Kapeng Foundation, Chittagong Hill Tracts Forest and Land Rights Movement and Parbatya Chattagram Nagorik Committee.
Chahla Prue Jemi and Gautam Dewan also addressed the meeting.