Work for resolving land dispute in CHTs begins soon

CHT Land Commission’s 5th meeting held in Rangamati

Shantimoy Chakma

Chairman of Chattogram Hill Tracts Land Dispute Resolution Commission (CHTLDRC) Justice Anwar-ul-Haque on Thursday said that they were working to resolve longstanding land dispute in hills. 

He said, “We are just waiting for finalisation of rules of business of the Act from the government side. The process is almost at the end. Once we get this, we can start hearing from the applicants,” 

Anwar-ul-Haque was briefing the local journalists after the 5th meeting held at Rangamati circuit house on Thursday morning.

Under the chairmanship of Md. Anwar-ul-Haque, the meeting was  attended by chief of Chakma Circle barrister Raja Devashis Roy, chief of Bomang Circle U Cha Prue Chowdhury, chief of Mong Circle Saching Prue Chowdhury, member and representative from CHT Regional Council Gautam Kumar Chakma, chairman of Khagrachhari Hill District Council Kongjari Chowdhury, chairman of Rangamati Hill Brishaketu Chakma and secretary of land commission Ali Monsur.

Md. Anwar-ul-Haque said that the commission is going ahead very actively. Another meeting has been fixed in the second week of October for discussion and if we get the provision a little before the meeting then we can start hearing, said the chairman.

He informed the pressmen that receiving of applications from the affected people was going on and it had no time limit. Any affected person can submit application to the commission, he said, adding that the process would be continued till the commission existed. 

Replying to a question, chief of Bomang Circle U Cha Prue Choudhury said that he was very optimistic about the commission activity. 

Raja Devashis Roy said better understanding was established amongst the members of the commission in this time which was absent in the past. 

Raja further said that CHT Regional Council had already sent proposals to the government for making rules on land for commission’s Act and more proposals would be sent to the government from Regional Council office very soon. In addition, he hoped that the government would consider those very sincerely for quicker functioning of the commission and bring an end to land dispute in hilly region.  

A total of 22,090 applications have been submitted to the office of land commission from three hill districts---Rangamati, Bandarban and Khagrachhari, said Ali Monsur, secretary of the CHTLDRC.