• 2nd day blockade in progress amid stray incidents
  • BJP set to sweep MP — BJP: 107; Congress: 51
  • South Africa unites in prayer for Mandela
  • U-19 match postponed in Chittagong after blast
  • JP wants rescheduled election
  • AL won’t mind if polls shifted, says Amu
  • Warrant for execution of Quader’s death sentence today likely
  • UN envoy meets CEC
  • Israel minister proposes partial West Bank annexation
  • Pakistan turns to China for development
  • ‘JP ministers’ resignations will travel to PMO by postal mail’
  • Death sentence execution warrant for Quader sent to jail
  • Tribunal advises Yusuf to change lawyer
  • Running train of unilateral polls needs to be stopped: Dr Kamal
  • Govt to shoulder responsibility for any unwarranted situation: BNP
  • UN emissary meets Indian envoy
  • Many things possible, CEC tells Taranco
  • Jamaat calls strike for Monday
  • PM meets President, apprises him about country’s situation
HOME  NATIONAL
  
Print Friendly and PDF

16TH YEARS OF CHT ACCORD

Govt initiative goes against hill people: Sultana Kamal

Staff Correspondent

Nagarik Samaj on Saturday forms a human chain in front of the National Press Club demanding effective implementation of the Chittagong Hill Tracts peace accord. — New Age photoNagarik Samaj on Saturday forms a human chain in front of the National Press Club demanding effective implementation of the Chittagong Hill Tracts peace accord. — New Age photo

Rights defender Sultana Kamal on Saturday said that most of the intitatives taken by the government in the name of implementing the Chittaong Hill Tracts Peace Accord went against the hill people.
Sultana Kamal, also former adviser to caretaker government, made the remark while addressing a human chain formed in front of the National Press Club marking the 16th anniversary of inking the deal.
‘We have not seen enough activities of the government to implement the accord,’ she said.
A civic forum organised the human chain and a roundtable at Dhaka Reporters Unity.
The organisers asked the polls-time government to implement the CHT agreement and amending the CHT Land Dispute Resolution Commission Act 2001 as they fall under routine works of the government.
They apprehended that there might be unusual situation in hills again if the government ignored the demands.
Kapeeang Foundation vice-president Dipayan Khisa said that the state would face another armed insurgency in the CHT region if it continued to delay the implementation of the 1997 deal.
He said, ‘The government is claiming that it has already implemented 80 per cent clauses of the deal and now they are seeking vote again for the full implementation. It is nothing but deceiving the hill people.’
He said that the government’s assurances made in its election manifesto in 2008 regarding the CHT accord remained in papers only and there was no implementation of those commitments.
Bangladesh Adivasi Forum general secretary Sanjeeb Drong said that after few years 80 per cent of ethnic minorities in the CHT would lose their lands, house and everything for the negligence of the government.
Dhaka University teacher Sourav Sikder read out a statistics on population in the CHT.
Five per cent of the CHT population were settlers in 1901, he said adding that the ratio was increased to 15 per cent in 1951, 30 per cent in 1981 and 51.4 per cent in 2001.
Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal general secretary Sharif Nurul Ambia, journalists Sohrab Hossain and Saleem Samad, Association for Land Reform and Development executive director Shamsul Huda and CHT Commission coordinator Hana Shams Ahmed, among others, addressed the programme while Dhaka University teacher Robaet Ferdous moderate the discussion.




Reader’s Comment

comments powered by Disqus
   

Consumers suffer due to milk supply disruption

Supply shortage of milk in the capital because of blockades has caused sufferings to the consumers especially children and elderly and ailing people. As the supply chain has been disrupted, the milk producers across... Full story

Govt initiative goes against hill people: Sultana Kamal

Nagarik Samaj on Saturday forms a human chain in front of the National Press Club demanding effective implementation of the Chittagong Hill Tracts peace accord. — New Age photo
Rights defender Sultana Kamal on Saturday said that most of the intitatives taken by the government in the name of implementing the Chittaong Hill Tracts Peace Accord went against the hill people. Sultana Kamal, also former adviser to caretaker... Full story

Storm ‘Madi’ stationary

The cyclonic storm ‘Madi’ over the southwest Bay and adjoining area remained practically stationary, intensified into a severe cyclonic storm on Saturday. It centred at 6:00pm on Saturday about 1,560 kilometres southwest of Chittagong... Full story

BNP asks govt employees not to be used as AL̢۪s tools

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party on Saturday urged government employees not to take part in unilateral elections activities under the current administration. ‘We urge you all [government employees] as trusted employees... Full story

Kazi Zafar demands Hasina̢۪s resignation

The ‘expelled’ Jatiya Party presidium member Kazi Zafar on Saturday iterated his earlier demand for the resignation of the prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, and also an initiative of the president for a dialogue for a non-party government. Full story

CPB, SPB stage protest against violence

Politicians, academics and labour leaders at a rally on Saturday demanded that the next general election be held with the participation of all political parties. Holding the unilateral election would not end the current political deadlock... Full story

Aggressive baby food marketing hampers child nutrition: experts

Health experts on Saturday said that aggressive marketing tactics by the formula producing companies and their attractive market policy were hampering child nutrition in the country. Full story

JL-BCL clash leaves 6 injured

At least six people were injured in a clash between the activists of Juba League and Chhatra League on Saturday at east Rupsha under the Rupsha police station in Khulna. The severely injured Chhatra League activists Kamrul... Full story

1st death anniv of Khan Sarwar Murshid today

Khan Sarwar Murshid
The first death anniversary of eminent educationist, diplomat and intellectual Khan Sarwar Murshid will be observed today. Khan Sarwar Murshid, one of the organisers of the liberation war, died of a massive heart attack on 8 December 2012. He was buried... Full story

Crystallographic assoc elected

Professor Altaf Hussain of the Department of Chemistry, Dhaka University and DR Dilip Kumar Saha of Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission have been elected president and general secretary respectively of... Full story

25 held on Jessore border

Border Guard Bangladesh members arrested 25 Bangladeshi nationals from Hizli frontier under Chaugachha upazila in Jessore on early Saturday while they were returning from India. Full story

2 JCD activists arrested

A Dhaka Court on Saturday granted three days of police remand to two activists of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal who were arrested by the detectives earlier in connection with Shahbagh bus arson. Full story

Road crash kills 3 in N̢۪ganj

Three passengers of a private car were killed and two others injured in a road accident at Kanchpur on Dhaka-Chittagong Highway under Sonargaon police station Saturday morning. Full story
  • Online Poll


    Do you think that the government has successfully brought back normalcy in public life after the January 5 elections?

    • Yes
    • No
    • No comment
    Ajax Loader