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Chak community at disadvantage in Bandarban

  • Published at 08:36 pm July 25th, 2018
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A number of people from the Chak community are seen at a program in Bandarban in this file of last year Dhaka Tribune

Council sources say the absence of Chak representatives deprives the community of development

The Chak, a community of less than 4,000 people, is falling behind others as it does not have representation in the Bandarban district council.

No representative of the community has been appointed since Kauching Chak resigned on February 8 this year. 

The Chak people had complained about his negligence to council Chairman Kyaw Shwe Hla and the Ministry of Chittagong Hill Tracts Affair’s (MoCHTA) State Minister Bir Bahadur Ushwe Sing. 

The post was declared vacant on March 6 on the president’s order.

Sources say the council’s recommendation to fill the vacancy has stalled at MoCHTA.

MoCHTA increased the number of council members to 15, from five, with Kyaw as the chairman, on March 25, 2015. The council is comprised of representatives of 11 indigenous communities and Bangalis.

This 2017 file photo shows a number of Chak community people are participating in health camp in the district | Dhaka Tribune
Council sources say the absence of Chak representatives deprives the community of development and other facilities.

“We are facing many problems as we do not have a representative,” Naikhyangchhari Chak leader Headman Mongchanu Chak told the Dhaka Tribune. He demanded the vacancy be filled as soon as possible.

Sources say the prime minister will appoint new members to the district council as per MoCHTA’s recommendation. 

Awami League’s Naikhyangchhari Upazila unit Vice-President Taslim Iqbal Chowdhury said: “The Chak community is falling behind – socially and economically. A member should be appointed soon.”

Bandarban district council Chairman Kyaw told the Dhaka Tribune that they sent an application to MoCHTA to appoint a new member. “We have yet to hear from them,” he said