Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud on Monday said conspirators are still active to destroy the prevailing peace in Chattogram Hill Tracts (CHT) region along with destroying the peace of the country as well.
“Those, who are not happy with the development and peace of the country, are also not happy with the development, progress and peace of the hill tracks region,” he said and urged all to remain alert against the conspirators.
The minister stated these while inaugurating ‘Bangabandhu Tour the CHT Mountain Bike’ competition at Sajek Valley in Baghaichhari upazila of Rangamati marking the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu.
President of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Food Dipankar Talukder, MP, Chairman of CHT Taskforce Refugee Affairs Kujendra Lal Tripura, MP, Basanti Chakma, MP, Brigadier Commander Faizur Rahman and Dighinala upazila Chairman Abul Kashem, among others, addressed the function as special guests with CHT affairs ministry secretary Shafiqul Ahmed in the chair.
Hasan said the previous governments especially BNP and Ershad didn’t take any initiative for the peace agreement when they were in power.
“But Bangabandhu’s daughter Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina signed the peace accord and implementing it. Many refugees, who fled the country due to unrest, have also been repatriated. Those who went astray have returned to normal life. This was possible due to the earnest efforts of the premier,” he added.
The information minister said the scenario of whole CHT region has been changed and the government is very much earnest for overall development of the region, said Hasan, also Awami League joint general secretary.
He said there is huge potentiality for tourism in the hill tracts region and the potentiality of tourism of the area will be highlighted before the globe through this cycling tour.
The country will move forward if the potentiality of tourism can be utilized in a well-planned and environment-friendly management, he added.
Thanking the CHT Ministry for organizing the mountain biking to commemorate the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the minister said none but cyclists can express the satisfaction of cycling in the beautifully decorated Sajek Valley.
Recalling his student’s life, Hasan said, “When I was a student, I used to ride my bicycle to and from university. I am a cycling fan myself and I regularly participate in various bicycle rallies in Dhaka city with various demands and environmental protection.”
He said that there is no alternative to practicing cultural and sports activities including cycling to keep away the youths from drugs and other violent acts.