CHT Land Reform Commission to be geared up by amending law: PM

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Dhaka, May: The government will amend the Land Reform Act, 2001 in a view to gear up the activities of the CHT Land Reform Commission, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said on Sunday.

“We’re formulating and reconstituting the Land Reform Commission (LRC) repeatedly but its activities are not progressing properly…there’s a little bit of confusion and dispute there,” the premier said while speaking at a function marking the foundation stone-laying of ‘Parbatya Chattagram Complex’ (Chittagong Hill Tracts Complex) at the city’s Bailey road.

The Prime Minister said the tribal community demanded some amendments to the Land Reform Act, 2001. “Keeping the constitution and sovereignty intact, we’ll do that as much as we can,” she added

Urging the parties, the Prime Minister said, adding that the two parties concerned should remove the existing dispute and confusion over the law.

Saying that most of the articles of the CHT Treaty have been implemented, Hasina said her government always takes of all t he people living in the hill tracts so that they can live a better peaceful life there.Prime Minister

About the military camps in the CHT areas, she said most of those have been withdrawn by the time. “There’ll be four brigades in four areas… we’ll also withdraw the rest of the camps.”

Hasina said the government has set up a cantonment in Ramu. “This is how we’re advancing the CHT Treaty implementation process. We’ll implement the remaining part,” she said.

The CHT complex will have a six-storey building with a multi-purpose hall, dormitory, administrative building, museum, library and residences for the CHT Affairs Minister and Chairman of the CHT Regional Council.

The complex will be built on a 1.94-acre of land costing Tk 106 crore and is expected to be opened by June in 2018.

Chaired by State Minister for CHT Affairs Ministry Bir Bahadur Ushwe Sing, Deputy Leader of Jatiya Sangsad and Peace Accord Implementation Committee Convener Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury, Housing and Public Works Minister Mosharraf Hossain, Chairman of CHT Regional Council Jyotirindra Bodhipriya Larma, popularly known Santu Larma, and Chairman of Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Ministry of CHT Affairs RAM Ubaidul Muktadir Chowdhury also spoke on the occasion.

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