Hill Voice, 19 March 2019, Tuesday, Rangamati:  The cases of returnee Jumma refugees and internally displaced persons would be given priority in resolving land dispute cases. The CHT Land Dispute Resolution Commission has taken this decision in its meeting held on Tuesday at Rangamati Circuit House in Rangamati district.

Presided over by Chairman of the Land Commission, Anowar-ul Hoque, the meeting was attended by its members Jyotirindra Bodhipriya Larma, Chairman of the CHT Regional Council; Barrister Devasish Roy, Circle Chief of Chakma Circle; Saching Prue Chowdhury, Circle Chief of Mong Circle; Brishaketu Chakma, Chairman of Rangamati Hill District Council et al. Besides, Md. Ali Monsur, Secretary of the Commission and Sahab Uddin, Register of the Commission were also present in the meeting. Other four members of the Commission, such as, two Chairmen of Khagrachari and Bandarban Hill District Councils; Circle Chief of Bohmong Circle and Divisional Commissioner of Chittagong division were absent in the meeting.

First of all, the resolution of the last meeting was approved in the meeting. Then applications for land dispute resolution were discussed. The commission members opined that cases of returnee Jumma refugees and internally displaced persons would be given priority in resolving land dispute cases. It was once again decided that judiciary work of the land dispute would be started soon after adoption of the Rules of the Commission. It is to be worth mentioning that a draft Rules was submitted by the Chairman of the CHT Regional Council to the Land Ministry in January 2017, but it is yet to be approved. There was no progress in setting up branch offices in Rangamati and Bandarban district and appointment of necessary manpower of the Commissioner for smooth running of its day-to-day work due to lack of fund. The meeting was started at 11:30 am and lasted for one and half hour. The meeting of the CHT Land Commission was held after almost 9 months. The last meeting was held on 27 June 2018 in Bandarban circuit house.

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