Land acquisition in CHT to be costlier


The cabinet on Monday decided to amend the Chittagong Hill Tracts (Land Acquisition) Regulation 1958, raising compensation rate to 200-300 per cent from existing 15 per cent of the land price.
The land ministry placed a draft proposing amendments to the regulation in the 202nd cabinet meeting chaired by prime minister Sheikh Hasina at her Tejgaon office, raising the compensation rates significantly for land acquisition in the CHT area, home to various ethnic minority groups.
Cabinet secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam said the cabinet endorsed the proposal of land ministry to equalise the land acquisition compensation rates between the three hill districts — Bandarban, Khagrachari and Rangamati — and the plain land in the rest 61 districts where the affected people were provided with 200 per cent of the market price of the land acquisitioned for government purpose and 300 per cent for private purpose as compensations in addition to the land price.
He said the proposed amendments would come into effect through promulgation of an ordinance as the parliament was not in session.
As per the proposal, the affected people in Chittagong Hill Tracts would from now on get 200 per cent of the market price for land acquisitioned for government use and 300 per cent in case of land acquisition for private use.
The people in 61 districts in plain land get higher compensations, but the hill people were getting only 15 per cent of the land price as compensation in keeping with the 1958 regulation, said the cabinet secretary explaining the ground for the amendments to the regulation.
Monday’s cabinet also gave final approval to the draft ‘Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Aviation and Aerospace University Bill 2018 for establishing a specialised university in the Dhaka city under the Air Force, Shafiul said.
He said that the cabinet also approved the International Mother Language Institute (Amendment) Bill 2018, to bring down the 22-member governing board to a six-member body and to redefine the top post of the institute as director instead of director general.
The cabinet adopted a condolence motion over the death of the decorated freedom fighter Taramon Bibi, who died on Saturday at her Kurigram home at the age of 62.
The cabinet secretary said this was the last meeting of the cabinet of prime minister Sheikh Hasina in her second consecutive term