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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Hill people to get back right to own land: PM

    New Age, Dhaka
    Main News,Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Staff Correspondent 
The prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, on Tuesday reiterated her government's pledge for full implementation of the CHT peace treaty and assured the hill people that they would get back the right to their land.

The prime minister, while exchanging views with the hill people’s leaders at her Ganabhaban residence, said the CHT Land Commission would be reconstituted very soon with appointment of a new chairman to complete the unfinished tasks to return their right to their land.

‘You can trust me. We have signed the peace accord and it is our duty to implement it. We will certainly do it,’ she said and sought cooperation of all in implementing the peace treaty.

Leaders of the hill people, including chiefs of three circles of CHT, headmen and karbaris (head of cluster) came to Ganabhaban at the invitation of the prime minister to exchange views with her on the CHT situation and its development.

Hasina said that the hill people would get back the right to their land through registration so that they did not face land-related disputes.

She said her government was on guard so that confrontation could not stage a comeback in the hill tracts.
The prime minister urged the CHT leaders to remain alert so that none could mislead the people and try to foil the government’s efforts to implement the peace accord. 

Hasina referred to a committee, headed by the deputy leader of the house, Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury, which, she said, was formed to oversee the progress in implementation of the peace accord.

She also said her government was planning to build a CHT complex in the capital and preserve the heritage and tradition of different regions of the country. She also assured the headmen of considering their demands for setting up offices for the circle chiefs and headmen.

Foreign minister Dipu Moni, state minister for CHT affairs Dipankar Talukder, AL lawmaker Bir Bahadur, Jotindra Lal Tripura, CHT affairs ministry secretary Nabo Bikram Kishore Tripura, Chakma Circle King Raja Debashish Roy, Mong Circle King Saching Prue Chowdhury, Bomang Circle King KS Pru and headman Aniu Chowdhury, among others, spoke on the occasion.

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