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1,000 MT food allotted for Rangamati

Wednesday, March 26, 2008 10:21 PM GMT+06:00
Published On: 2008-03-23
1,000 MT food allotted for Rangamati
Devasish says
Our Correspondent, Khagrachhari
Special Assistant to the Chief Advisor Barrister Devasish Roy yesterday said the government has allocated 1000 tonnes of food grains to face the food crisis in remote areas in Rangamati hills.

The food crisis created mainly by a massive rat invasion due to flowering and fruiting of bamboo clusters is a natural phenomenon, beyond control of any government.

He said many remote areas in the three hill districts have been affected by this.

“The government is thinking to launch a package programme with UNDP assistance for at lest three years. It will be implemented through hill district councils.

“If necessary we will also supply seeds, pulses, and edible oil and provide them with ginger and turmeric for cultivation to create alternative sources of income”, he said.

He was speaking at a view-exchanged meeting at Sajek, a border area in Rangamati. Sajek Union Parishad chairman L-Thanga Pangkhoa presided over the meeting held at Bagaihat Bazar.

The special assistant for environment, forest and Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) affairs ministries said, the government is preparing a strategy to ensure socio-economic development in hills through various projects. He urged all to work together to face any natural calamity.

To spread education and protect women rights more schools will be set up in remote Sajek area. Women will be given preference in participation in development works, he added.

He also urged indigenous and Bangalee communities in the hills to identify problems which make CHT restless and keeps it backward.

Communal harmony and peace are preconditions to development, he added.

Headmen (chiefs of mouja), karbaris (village chiefs), government officials, NGO representatives and civil society leaders were present at the meeting.

Khagrachhari Additional Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Khalilur Rahman, Baghaihat Zone Commander Lt. Col. Sajid Imtiaz, Khagrachhari Hill District Council Member (KHDC) Sanu Mong Marma, Abu Bakar Siddique, Dighinala Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Mohammad Moniruzzaman Mia and Baghichhari Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Shibir Bichitra Barua also spoke.

Earlier on the day, Devasish visited remote Konglakpara, Shialdailuepara, Machalong and Boalkhali areas and talked to both Bangali and indigenous people.

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