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The government has taken initiative to revise some provisions of the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) Land Dispute Resolution Commission Act, 2001 to make the land commission more efficient, said State Minister for CHT Affairs Dipankar Talukdar yesterday.

“The land ministry and the law ministry are working together for this. We hope the commission will be effective after completion of the amendment and it will act properly to resolve land dispute in Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT),” he also said, while addressing as chief guest the inaugural session of a seminar.

He, however, did not mention which provisions will be amended.

National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and International Labour Organisation (ILO) jointly organised the seminar titled “The ILO Conventions Relating to Ethnic Minorities” at Senate Bhaban in Dhaka University.

NHRC Chairman Dr Mizanur Rahman said, “In the last year of this incumbent government, we do not want to hear assurance only. We want to see some implementation of the CHT peace accord in this last year.”

The CHT Land Dispute Resolution Commission has remained virtually inactive since its chairman Justice Khademul Islam Chowdhury retired on July last year.

Source: The Daily Star – 23/01/2013 (