Hasina smells 'games' behind CHT unrest
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has termed the recent violent incidents in the Chittagong Hill Tracts unfortunate, saying that there might be international and national games behind the incident.
“Definitely, different sets of games were behind it,” she remarked while addressing the officials of Chittagong Division and the district administration at the Circuit House yesterday afternoon.
The premier said her government had signed the CHT peace treaty to resolve the problems in the hill tracts region, but the previous BNP government did not implement the treaty.
She, however, said that if the economic activities could be stepped up, peace would be maintained in the region.
The PM urged the administrative officials at various stages to work with responsibility to advance the nation towards economic development.
Mentioning the increase in salary of the government officials, she said this money comes from the public taxes.
“Problems will remain but we have to overcome it. Poverty won't be there if we could utilise our resources properly,” Hasina said adding, “I want work from you.”
On the power crisis, Hasina said alongside the increase of production, demand is also growing and the deficit could not be met. In this context, she blamed the BNP-Jamaat government for not producing a single MW of electricity.
The PM said militancy and terrorism is another big problem, which was patronised by the past government. “If not so, how 500 bombs could be exploded in 30 minutes across the country?” she said, adding militancy and terrorism impede development of a country.
Stressing the importance of the local government, Hasina said the local bodies will be given more power. Certain level of law and order, education, etc, will be kept under the local bodies while budgetary allocations and policy formulation will be done centrally.
Chittagong Divisional Commissioner AB Siddique presided over the opinion exchange meeting.