Parbattya Chattagram Pahari Chattra Parishad celebrated its 30th birth anniversary on Monday with a call for full implementation of the Chittagong Hill Tracts Peace Accord.
Speakers at the programme of the regional student organisation’s birth anniversary and 24th council expressed anger over the non-implementation of the CHT Accord.
It had not been implemented fully despite the passage of 21 years after its signing, they said at the programme was organised at Rangamati Cultural Institute.
The 24th council of the organisation saw the forming of a new committee with Jewel Chakma as president, who was also president of the previous committee, and Rambai Pangkhua as general secretary.
The programme was presided over by Jewel Chakma while Parbatya Chattagram Jana Samhati Samiti vice-president Ushatan Talukder and former lawmaker was present as chief guest.
Ruhin Hossain Prince, central committee member of Communist Party of Bangladesh, cultural activist Shishir Chakma, Parbattya Chattagram Jubo Shamity Rangamati unit general secretary Arun Tripura, Bangladesh Adibashi Chattra Songram Parishad general secretary Alik Mree, Chhatra Maitree vice-president Alauddin Ahmed and Hill Women Federation general secretary Ashika Chakma also spoke on the occasion.
Speaking as chief guest, Ushatan Talukder said people of the CHT were not separatists and they did not seek independence, but demanded full implementation of the CHT accord.
He urged the government officials related to the CHT to play a just role and not to deliver false reports to the government about the CHT and the hilly people.
He expressed concern over the future of the CHT and added that a blueprint was being implemented to evict the hilly people from the region.
‘There is a feeling of insecurity and uncertainty among the hilly people,’ he said.
Ruhin Hossain Prince also said it was impossible to solve the land-related problems in the hills without full implementation of the CHT accord.
Criticising the mindset of the government and the bureaucrats, he said implementation of the accord was not possible with bureaucrats having anti-accord notion dominating the government.
He also urged for constitutional recognition of the national minorities in the hills, who, according to him, should gain the status of ‘indigenous’ people.
Shishir Chakma further said that the land disputes were the core problems in the CHT and a barrier to the full implementation of the CHT accord.
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