According to the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, the state has 26,452 acres of forest land in the possession of 90,000 individuals and organizations. Cox’s Bazar district has the highest forest cover. There are 59,481,000 acres of forest land in this district.
The information was given at a meeting of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change held at the Parliament House on Monday (October 19).
Committee member Saber Hossain Chowdhury chaired the meeting, the Minister of Environment, Forests and Climate Change. Shahab Uddin, Deputy Minister Habibun Nahar, Rezaul Karim Bablu, Khodeja Nasrin Akhter Hossain and Shaheen Chakladar took part.
After the meeting, Saber Hossain Chowdhury told reporters, ‘We want to see who has occupied these forests. We do not want to evict even a hair of land. We wanted a list of those who occupied it. We will make it public. ‘
The ministry said that the reason for the forcible occupation of a large amount of forest land was that the forest land recorded in the CS record was later registered in the name of various individuals or organizations in the SA / RS / BS survey. In addition, the number one khas ledger forest land (other than protected forest land such as protected, vested forest land) has been settled by the district administration in many cases to various individuals or organizations.