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Freedom fighters can now use Bir before their names

  • Published at 06:26 pm October 29th, 2020
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Photo: Courtesy of Anwar Hossain Foundation

The Ministry of Liberation War Affairs issued a gazette notification in this regard on Thursday

The country’s freedom fighters can now use “Bir” before their names.

The Ministry of Liberation War Affairs issued a gazette notification in this regard on Thursday.

It says that the freedom fighters have been defined as "heroic Freedom Fighters" in Section 2 (11) of the Bangladesh Freedom Fighters Welfare Trust Act, 2018.

In accordance with the law and with the decision of the 13th meeting of the Standing Committee on the Ministry of Liberation War Affairs of the 11th National Assembly, the word “Bir” should be used before the names of the heroic freedom fighters in all cases, the gazette says.

The order comes into effect immediately.

In last December, Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque said the actual number of freedom fighters is not more than 210,000. 

Then, 201,461 freedom fighters were said to get government allowances.

According to available information, the number of listed freedom fighters is 333,856. 

Of them, 251,285 are claimed to be genuine freedom fighters, the minister said.

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