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21 January, 2020 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 21 January, 2020 01:26:14 AM
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Gazette of 1,300 new FFs soon

RAFIQUL ISLAM AZAD, Dhaka
Gazette of 1,300 new FFs soon

The Ministry of Liberation War Affairs will soon publish a gazette regarding the inclusion of more than 1,300 names in the list of freedom fighters (FFs). The inclusion is in line with the recommendations of the Jatiya Muktijoddha Council (Jamuka), ministry sources said.

After conducting a thorough inspection for about two years, Jamuka sent a list of 1,315 people of six divisions to the Ministry of Liberation War Affairs recently with recommendations to include them in the list of freedom fighters. This was based on resolutions taken at evaluation meetings and following due process, said a senior official of the ministry.

Of them, 451 new FFS were enlisted from Dhaka division while 324 from Chattogram, 199 from Rajshahi, 56 from Mymensingh, 179 from Sylhet and 106 from Rangpur divisions. However, the list of new FFS from Barishal and Khulna divisions are yet to be completed.

Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque confirmed yesterday that the ministry had received a list to be inducted in the list of FFs.

Asked whether the ministry would publish the list, Haque replied in the affirmative, saying “the gazette will be published very soon”.

The minister expressed optimism that scrutiny of the additional FFs would be completed within March 26 this year, before publication of the final list.

On December 10, Jamuka had approved the FF status for 1,315 people based on their online applications and after completion of all necessary procedures, according to the sources.

This marks the first time that the present government has approved online applications from people who had applied earlier for inclusion in the list of FFs. The process started five years ago.

The ministry sources revealed that more applicants may get approval before March 26 this year. Some have submitted appeals to Jamuka after resolving their cases following further scrutiny of the applications and follow-up interviews.

A senior Jamuka official told The Independent that approval was given to 1,315 FFs from six divisions. These are persons whose names were in the (Ka) category and who were recommended by their respective upazila scrutiny committees in early 2017.

The official, preferring anonymity, also said the nine-member Jamuka, led by the liberation war affairs minister, would again review the cases of prospective FFs from three more divisions following the dismissal of appeals from those in the (Kha) and (Ga) categories.

He said that during the scrutiny at the upazila level, applicants about whom the committee members offered different opinions were placed in the (Kha) category, while the rejected cases were put in the (Ga) category.

The applicants recommended by all the committee members were kept in the (Ka) category, he added.

According to him, around 35,000 appeals were submitted by those in the (Kha) and (Ga) categories to review their cases.

The Jamuka approved the new FFs in the first phase

after scrutinising and subsequently interviewing the online applicants. Earlier, the investigative committees had started the process of scrutiny of genuine FFs with new applications from about 135,000 people. The committees were supposed to scrutinise the documents of gazetted FFs, including those who were neither on the Indian list nor in the Mukti Barta (Red Book) prepared by the Muktijoddha Sangsad.

Successive governments have so far prepared five lists of FFs after the War of Liberation in 1971. Each time, the number of FFs has increased as the government has included the names chosen by them and deleted those they did not like, ministry sources said.

Besides, a considerable number of genuine FFs were not interested in or did not get an opportunity to be included in the list, the sources revealed.  According to the Ministry of Liberation War Affairs, the number of gazetted FFs is 231,385. Among them, 180,513 are civilians and 50,872 are from different forces. Currently, 184,000 people are drawing the government allowance for FFs, said an official of the ministry. The first list of FFs was prepared during the Ershad regime in 1986 and had 102,458 names. The Ershad government updated the list in 1988 and the number dropped to 69,833.

The BNP-led government upgraded the list for the third time in 1994 and the number increased to 86,000. The list was reviewed twice during the regime of the AL government from 1996 to 2001. The Mukti Barta (Green) enlisted the names of 186,790 and the Mukti Barta (Red) 158,452. The BNP again updated the list in 2006 and the number rose to 1,98,889, according to ministry sources.

Government allowances and facilities for FFs, including monthly allowances, two Eid bonuses, and quotas in jobs and admission to educational institutions lure people to try and get an FF certificate, although the names of many of them do not appear on the Indian lists or in Mukti Barta (Red).

 

 

 

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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