Dhaka – The government has chalked out programme to celebrate the 22nd anniversary of an accord signed to establish peace in the Chittagong Hill Tracts.
The accord known as Chittagong Hill Tracts Treaty was signed on this day in 1997 between the government and the Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samiti (PCJSS) to end the bush war that left many people killed in the south-eastern hills inhibited by tribal populations.
Leaders of the local political parties, which represent the ethnic communities, claimed the agreement was not fully implemented in more than last two decades. But the government said it has made a tremendous improvement in the CHT.
The then Jatiya Sangsad Chief Whip Abul Hasnat Abdullah signed the agreement on behalf of the government while Jyotirindra Bodhipriyo Larma (Santu Larma) on behalf of PCJSS.
CHT Affairs Ministry led by minister Bir Bahadur Ushwe Sing paid homage to Father of Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman by placing wreath at his portrait at Dhanmondi 32 to mark the day.
A 3-day programme has been taken in Khagrachhari and the local administration has also taken adequate measures for peaceful celebration of the day.
The programmes include peace accord fair, planting 22 saplings on Parbattya Zilla Council ground, rally, placing wreaths at the portrait of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at Town Hall.
A discussion meeting will be held at Khagrachhari Town Hall in the morning.
The CHT affairs ministry has also planned a discussion at the ministry conference room, according to a press release.
President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages marking the completion of 22 years of the agreement.
The President called upon all irrespective of party affiliations to work together to make use of the potentials of hill districts.
Prime Minister Sheikh greeted the countrymen, specially the people of the three hill districts, on the occasion of the completion of 22 years of the historic agreement.
She sought cooperation from all for the full implementation of the peace accord.
This accord brought an end to the long-term bloody racial skirmishes in the CHT region and established the trend of peace and development there, she said.