The Association for Land Reform and Development (ALRD) has demanded an immediate stop to the initiatives to formulate the Public Property Management Rules 2020 under the Vested Property Act.
The ALRD sent a memorandum to Land Minister Saifuzzaman Chowdhury on Sunday in this regard, according to a press release.
The memorandum states that the ministry of land published a draft of the Public Property Management Rules 2020 under the Vested Property Act on its website on July 11, 2020.
"We are surprised, shocked and outraged to see the draft. Such a law conflicts with and is contrary to the main spirit of the Vested Property Act," adds the release.
Some sections of this proposed Act ─ 2.C(1), 4(3), 4(4) ─ are directly contrary to the directives to provide property to the owners or successors whose appeal has been disposed, and decision given by the High Court (HC).
To formulate such Act, consultation with all stakeholders, including the Hindu-Buddhist-Christian Unity Council, and representatives of civil society associated with the vested property repayment movement is a must.
The other demands of the organisation include: the ministry of land should take effective measures to implement the directives given by the HC, appeal disposed properties must be handed over to the owners or successors, among others.
A land ministry official was contacted for comments in this context, but he was unreachable by mobile phone.