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Friday, December 23, 2011

Govt firm to implement Hill Tracts treaty: PM

The Independent, Dhaka, Front Page

Friday, 23 December 2011,

Author / Source : STAFF REPORTER

DHAKA, Dec 22: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said on Thursday her government is putting in all efforts for full implementation of the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) Peace Treaty. She said this while addressing the Awami League leaders of Bandarban district unit at her Gonobhaban residence in the city.
Terming CHT as the most beautiful and scenic place in the country she said, "You will send the message everywhere in the CHT that implementation of the peace treaty is one of our priorities."
The CHT consists of Bandarban, Khagrachhari and Rangamati districts. "We want to ensure that inhabitants of the CHT get benefit of our programmes," she said.

The Prime Minister further said the present government has constituted a committee led by the Deputy Leader of the Jatiya Sangsad (parliament) Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury to look into the issues of socio-economic development of the CHT.

The leaders of the unit were invited by the Prime Minister to exchange views on development activities in their area and organizational matters, and give them guidelines in this regard. State Minister for CHT Affairs Dipankar Talukder, local parliament member, and presidents and general secretaries of different units of Bandarban district AL joined the programme. Awami League Presidium Member Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury, Abdul Latif Siddiqui and Sahara Khatun, Acting General Secretary Mahbubul Ul Alam Hanif, Joint Secretary Dr Dipu Moni, Environment Affairs Secretary Dr Hasan Mahmud and senior party leaders were present on the occasion.
Sheikh Hasina said her government has given constitutional recognition to all ethnic groups of the CHT through 15th Amendment to the Constitution and urged the party leaders and activists to devote them to public welfare.
“You should always keep in mind that our motto is not to enjoy the power, but to serve people to materialize the dreams of martyrs to establish a happy and prosperous nation,” she mentioned.
The Prime Minister compared Awami League with BNP and said, “BNP comes to power to plunder public wealth, but our duty is to serve the people”.

“During our tenure in 1996-2001 we introduced Bangladesh as a land of peace, but BNP and Jamaat alliance government in their five- year rule identified Bangladesh as a country of corruption, terrorism and militancy,” she observed.
She affirmed that the perpetrators of torture on minorities, political opponents and tribal people in 2001 would be brought to the court of law as per directives of the High Court.

Sheikh Hasina said the opposition wants to unleash terrorism and oppression in the country.
For whose interest bombs were recently exploded, people killed and burnt to death? she posed a question.
She called upon the party leaders to project development programmes of the government and launch a drive to recruit new members to strengthen the party at the grassroots.

The Awami League chief and Prime Minister will exchange views with the party leaders and activists of all districts in phases.

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