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12 October, 2017 12:32:27 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 12 October, 2017 10:49:11 AM
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Over 1 lakh more likely to be enlisted as freedom fighters

Existing list contains names of 215,000 FFs
RAFIQUL ISLAM AZAD
Over 1 lakh more likely to be enlisted as freedom fighters

The names of more than one lakh freedom fighters are likely to be added to the existing list, containing 215,000 names, across the country after the ongoing scrutiny process ends, according to a highly-placed source.

Reports received by the Jatiya Muktijoddha Council (Jamuka) so far hints at the increased number of new freedom fighters. In that case, the country will get more than one lakh freedom fighters 46 years after the War of Liberation, said the source.

The government initiative to update the list of freedom fighters, however, remains stalled due to litigation and the inability of about a 100 upazila committees to send reports on genuine freedom fighters after proper scrutiny, the source added.

Talking to The Independent, Jamuka officials expressed their inability to say when the scrutiny process would end, as they are yet to receive reports from 107 committees, out of the 470 formed about a year ago to deal with the subject.

“We have received reports from 363 committees. Rest of the committees cannot send reports due to litigations and have become defunct,” said the director general of Jamuka, Md Mizanur Rahman.

He also said that they are facing another problem to compile the reports they have received. Most committees have not followed the Jamuka format in preparing the list.

Sources said only 40 committees have submitted detailed information fulfilling the requirements of Jamuka.

Many committees sent reports with the names of new and old freedom fighters on the same list. Some committees included new freedom fighters whose age was below 13 during the War of Liberation in 1971. Thus, it has become difficult to compile the lists, said the official.

Replying to a question, Mizanur Rahman said there is no possibility of completing the scrutiny process by this year. Jamuka, however, said they are working to prepare the list of new freedom fighters based on reports available.

Mizanur Rahman also said that they would take measures to examine and review the lists sent by the scrutiny committees to Jamuka to avoid any mistake or wrongdoings.

The scrutiny of freedom fighters had begun on January 21, after about 150,000 applicants for fresh enrolment and around 25,000 gazetted freedom fighters were accused of using fake documents.

The government facilities for freedom fighters, including monthly allowances, two Eid bonuses and job and admission quotas in educational institutions, lure many people to try and get a freedom fighter’s certificate, though the names of many of them are not on Mukti Barta (Green) or Mukti Barta (Red) lists.

The number of freedom fighters has increased with each list prepared after the country’s independence in 1971. According to the latest list, there are about 215,000 freedom fighters.

A total of 470 committees—459 at the upazila level, eight at the city level and three in the hill districts—had started the scrutiny of gazetted freedom fighters and new applicants online and manually.

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