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decision of CHT Accord Implementation Committee on amendment of CHT Land
Dispute Resolution Commission Act 2011, Land Ministry convened a meeting on
review of amendment proposal of said Act on 28 March 2012 with land minister
Rezaul Karim Heera in the chair.
CHT Regional Council Mr. Goutam Kumar Chakma and K S Mong Marma attended the
meeting. Besides, officials from Land Ministry, CHT Affairs Ministry and Law
Ministry were also present in the meeting.
Out of 13
amendment proposals to the CHT Land Dispute Resolution Act 2001 finalised by
CHT Affairs Ministry and CHT Regional Council, 10 proposals were unanimously
adopted in the meeting for amendment. But other 3 amendment proposals remain
unresolved. It was decided regarding those three proposals to send again to CHT
Accord Implementation Committee for taking further clarification or opinion of
the committee. In addition, the meeting also proposed to invite land minister,
state minister for land and state minister for CHT affairs to the meeting of
the CHT Accord Implementation Committee to finalise the unresolved 3 amendment
proposals. The present text in the 2001 Act and recommendation for amendment of
3 undecided proposals are as follows:
present text of Section 6(1)(a) in the 2001 Act is “To settle the land related
dispute of the rehabilitated refugees in accordance with the existing laws and
customs in the Chittagong Hill Tracts”. Proposal was taken to replace it with
“In addition to quick settlement of the disputes of lands of the rehabilitated
tribal refugees to settle, all disputes of lands, which have been illegally
given in settlement and occupied in accordance with the existing laws, customs
and usages of Chittagong Hill Tracts”.
present text of Section 6(1)(c) in the 2001 Act is “Any land has been given in
settlement in violation of the existing laws of CHT, shall be cancelled and if
any lawful owner has been illegally occupied on account of such settlement
shall be restored: Provided that, this sub-section shall not be applicable in
case of Reserved Forests, Kaptai Hydroelectricity Project area, Betbunia Earth
Satellite Station, state-owned industries and land recorded with the Government
or local authorities”. Proposal was taken to replace it with “To replace
Section 6(1)(c) with: “Any land has been given in settlement in violation of
the existing laws, custom and usages of CHT, shall be cancelled and if any
lawful owner has been illegally occupied on account of such settlement shall be
restored:” and to omit “Provided that, this sub-section shall not be applicable
in case of Reserved Forests, Kaptai Hydroelectricity Project area, Betbunia
Earth Satellite Station, state-owned industries and land recorded with the
Government or local authorities.”
was also made to add a new section stipulating that “Section 21: Inclusion of
Functions of the Land Commission into CHT Affairs Ministry and it will be
enforced soon after enactment of this law”.
mentionable that on 12 July 2001, just the day before the handing over charge
to the Caretaker Government, the previous Awami League government (1996-2001)
hurriedly passed the “CHT Land Disputes Resolution Commission Act 2001” in the
parliament without taking into account the advice and recommendations given by
the CHTRC. As a result, so many provisions crept into the Act which were
contradictory to the CHT Accord and detrimental to the interest of the Jumma
grand alliance forming a new government in January 2009, the CHTRC again sent
the recommendation to the government on 7 May 2009 for consideration.
Accordingly several meetings on amendment of CHT Land Dispute Settlement
Commission Act were held during the period of present government. But amendment
of the Act is yet to be achieved.
on 20 June 2011 CHT Affairs Ministry sent final version of 13-point amendment
proposals of the Act to Land Ministry for taking necessary initiative to place
Cabinet and Parliament for final adoption.
Shakti Pada Tripura, organising secretary of PCJSS said, instead of taking
necessary action for adoption of this Act in the Cabinet and Parliament, Land
Ministry is killing time by convening review meeting on amendment proposals
finalised by CHT affairs ministry and CHT Regional Council or sending the
proposals to the CHT Accord Implementation Committee for final decision.