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Brief insight into Chattogram Peace Accord

Published : 30 Nov 2019 08:58 PM | Updated : 05 Sep 2020 02:46 PM

In order to introduce peace and end bloody conflicts in the three hill districts, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina during her first tenure signed CHT Peace Accord on December 2, 1997 with Parbatya Chattagram Jana Samhati Samiti (PCJSS) chief Jyotirindra Bodhipriya Larma (Shantu Larma).
After facing lot of challenges to implement the Political Accord, the present government implemented fully 48 sections of the Peace Accord out of 72. Rest 15 sections of the Peace Accord are partially implemented and other 09 sections are under process of implementation. The Peace Accord was signed after following the constitution of Bangladesh, rules, regulations and laws of the country in befitting manner. The Government is working sincerely to implement the partially-implemented and unimplemented sections of the Peace Accord. By signing the Peace Accord, the government took the responsibility to develop of infrastructure and communication arrangement in CHT and thereby uplift the standard of socio-economic development of the general mass of CHT.
The CHT Peace Accord was signed after the series of dialogue between the Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh and CHT Jana Samhati Samiti (JSS).
This Peace Accord is divided into 4 Parts. 4 sections in Part ‘A’, 35 sections in Part ‘B’, 14 sections in Part ’C’, 19 sections in Part ‘D’ i.e all together 72 sections. Out of these 1,2,3,4 of Part A; 1,2,3,5,6,7,8, 10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18, 20, 21, 22, 23, 25,28, 30, 31, 32 and 33 section of Part B; 1, 7, 8, 9,10,12,14 sections of Part ‘C’ and 1, 5, 8, 10,11,12,13,14,15,16 and 19 sections of Part ‘D’; that is all together 48 sections have been fully implemented; 4 (D), 9, 19, 24, 27, 34 section of Part ‘B’ 2, 3,4, 5, 6 sections of Part ‘C’, Section 4, 6,17,18 of Part ‘D’ that is in total 15 sections are partially implemented and 26, 29, 35 of Part ‘B’ 11 and 13 of Part ‘C’, 2, 3, 7, 9 sections of Part D that is in total 9 sections are under the process of implementation.
Implemention of Peace accord at a glance
“Ministry of Chattogram Hill Tracts (CHT) Affairs” and the “Regional Council” have been created.
Amongst the 03 Hill district councils and its under-controlled headquarters/institutions, the number of subjects/ department has been transferred are - in Rangamati 30, Khagrachari 30 and Bandarban 28.
Land Commission has been constituted to resolve the land dispute.
12,223 repatriated tribal families from India have been rehabilitated.
Declared General Amnesty for the members of Shanti Bahini and 715 members,were given appointments in the Police Department.
After the Peace Accord, a list of 844 cases out of 999 cases filed against 2524 people has been scrutinized and the withdrawals of 720 cases are under process.
238 camps of Security Forces Including an Infantry Brigade have been withdrawn.
“Chattogram Hill Tracts Peace Accord Implementation Monitoring Committee” has been formed having the Deputy Leader of the House as Convenor.
Parliamentary Permanent Committee regarding Chattogram Hill Tracts Affairs has been constituted.
Small Ethnic Communities “Cultural Institution Bill 2010" has been granted In the National Parliament. Cultural Institution for Small Ethnic Communities In 03 Hill districts have been established.
In case of Jobs in different sectors the Small Ethnic Communities have been given priority/ Particular Quota.
Quota System has been maintained for the Small Ethnic Communities In different educational institutions despite of eligibility and tough competition In those Institutions.
For the top position of CHT Regional Council, District Council, CHT Development Board, representatives from the small ethnic communities have been given the appointment.
One member of parliament from the small ethnic communities has been given the appointment at the status of State Minister in the Ministry of CHT Affairs.
“CHT Development Board Law-2014" has been passed in the National Parliament after repealing the “CHT Development Board” ordnance 1976.