Liberation war affairs minister AKM Mozammel Huque on Saturday told the parliament that the government so far cancelled freedom fighter certificates of 3107 people who obtained them through forgery.
The minister also told the House that 4188 names were recommended as freedom fighters in the past 10 years. He gave the information in response to a question of the ruling party Awami League lawmaker Nurunnabi Chowdhury.
Mozammel said that Jatiya Muktijoddha Council approved a new definition of freedom fighter for including wide sections of people who were active during the liberation war in various ways.
Accordingly, freedom fighters are the trained fighters; members of armed forces; police, EPR and Ansar members who took part in the liberation war; employees of the Mujibnagar government; members of the national and the provincial assemblies elected in 1970 associated with the Bangladesh government in exile; the employees who discharged duties as organisers of liberation war and mobilised international public opinion at home or abroad; and all those who had to give up their normal life and took part in the liberation war, the ‘shabda shainiks’, players, women who were tortured by the Pakistani army or their local collaborators, members of medical teams who served the freedom fighters during the war, and the Bangali officers and employees in Pakistani missions abroad who declared their loyalty to the Bangladesh government in exile.
Liberation war affairs ministry officials told New Age that the government would further scrutinise the certificates of 55,000 freedom fighters who got recognition as freedom fighters without screening of the Jatiya Muktijoddha Council after its formation in 2002.
They said that JMC at the same time has formed committees to screen 25,000 fresh applications. At present 1,87,293 freedom fighters enjoy monthly allowance of Tk 10,000 from the government.
Over 30,000 listed freedom fighters do not take allowances, the ministry officials said.
The parliamentary standing committee on liberation war affairs ministry on March 27 asked the ministry for preparing the list of the freedom fighters in the shortest possible time.
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