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Dhaka Tribune

Former Muslim Leaguer enquires about freedom fighters’ welfare

Update : 07 Mar 2014, 02:09 AM

A Jatiya Party lawmaker, who was allegedly a leader of Convention Muslim League that opposed the War of Independence in 1971, yesterday asked the liberation war affairs minister in parliament about the government initiatives for the betterment of the freedom fighters in his constituency, Trishal.

MA Hannan, who was the convener of Convention Muslim League’s Mymensingh unit, also asked the minister about the number of freedom fighters in his constituency.

Minister AKM Mozammel Hossain in reply told the House that there were 443 freedom fighters in Trishal. “Besides this, 50 more freedom fighters from Trishal were detected during the current fiscal year.”

The minister said Sheikh Hasina’s government had twice increased the allowances of the freedom fighters to Tk2,000 per month from the previous Tk900. The government had increased the number of freedom fighters beneficiaries to 1.5 lakh from previous 1 lakh.

In the 2013-14 fiscal year, the minister said, the number was raised to 2 lakh.  He said the monthly allowance was raised to Tk3,000.

From July this year, the allowance would be increased to Tk5,000, Mozammel added.

He said the government adopted a project to construct housing projects for the landless freedom fighters at a cost of Tk227.97 crore.

The starred question (which the minister was supposed to read if speaker allowed) was not tabled for discussion as the one-hour scheduled question-answer session for the minister was over.

Ahead of the 10th parliamentary poll, the freedom fighters and Awami League leaders in Trishal protested the party decision to withdraw party candidate Reza Ali and extending support to Hannan – in line with an agreement with the JaPa that took part in the election boycotted by the BNP-led alliance.

According to media report, the local leaders observed that the AL, which led the country’s Liberation War, must not compromise with a leader who opposed the country’s birth. 

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