More effective steps for peace treaty: PM
FROM SANGSAD BHABAN: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said the government would take some more effective steps for implementing of the Chittagong Hill Tracts peace treaty for the cohabitation of Bengali and hilly people in the area. The ruling Awami League president, also leader of the parliament came up with the disclosure while addressing the parliament during question hours Wednesday. She said, “Some two thousand activists of Jana Sanghati Samity surrendered on February 10 in 1998 and some 685 of them were recruited in police and Ansar forces.”
She also informed the House that rest of the activists had been rehabilitated. The premier also said a three-member committee, led by deputy leader of the parliament Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury, has already been formed for implementing of the accord. The Chittagong Hill Tracts Peace Accord is a political agreement and the peace treaty was signed between the Government of Bangladesh and the Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (United People’s Party of the Chittagong Hill Tracts) on December 2 in 1997.
The accord allowed for the recognition of the rights of the peoples and tribes of the Chittagong Hill Tracts region and ended the decades-long insurgency and strife between the Shanti Bahini and government forces. Besides, the premier also said the incumbent present government has undertaken a plan for modernization of Chittagong Port like the most-modern port of the world on a priority basis.
Replying to a written question from treasury bench member AKM Rahmatullah, the Leader of the House said the government has taken various measures as part of the plan.
The steps include introduction of Container Terminal Management System (CTMS) for completing the operational activities of the container terminal of Chittagong Port on computerized and documentation online, automation of Chittagong Container Terminal (CCT), construction of the second bridge on Mohesh Canal for linking the CCT and General Cargo Berth (GCB).
BDST: 2012 HRS, FEB 15, 2012
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