Implementing the CHT Peace Accord: A call to action in the Chittagong Hill Tracts

Implementing the CHT Peace Accord: A call to action in the Chittagong Hill Tracts

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At the same time, they must also accept that the full implementation of the Chittagong Hill Tracts Peace Accord is the government's responsibility. The Chittagong Hill Tracts People's Committee, one of the major signatories to the peace accord, is demanding the full implementation of the accord and elections to the Chittagong Hill Tracts Regional Council and District Council in accordance with the accord.

The agreement called for a separate voter list of the permanent residents of the area to conduct Zila Parishad elections, which has not been implemented in the last 25 years. Currently, the Zila Parishad comprises leaders of the ruling party.

Jyotirindra Bodhipriya Larma, chairman of the Chittagong Hill Tracts Regional Council and president of the Parbatiya Chittagong Jana Sanhati Samiti, alleged that the council has been deliberately kept inactive. There is no doubt that this allegation is baseless. Though the council is formally called the Chittagong Hill Tracts Regional Council, which sounds like a big name, it actually has neither infrastructure nor any rules.

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