National award for women in the offing

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:23, Mar 03,2021


The government has decided to introduce national awards for women for their contribution in the field of politics, economy, education, culture and social activities.

The government may also accord the proposed award to women for their contribution in other areas selected by it, said officials of the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs.

The proposed award has been named after Begum Fazilatunnesa Mujib, the late mother of prime minister Sheikh Hasina, said the officials.

Public relations officer Alamgir Hossain of the ministry told New Age in the past week that the award finalisation process was continuing and a formal announcement in this connection would come soon.

The women and children affairs ministry has already drafted a guideline on the ‘Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib Award’ and the administrative aspects of the guideline have been approved by the secretary-level committee.

The ministry expects that the award will be introduced on August 8, the birth anniversary of Begum Fazilatunnesa Mujib observed at the state level since last year.

According to the draft guideline, a recipient of the award will get an 18-carat gold medal weighing 40 grams and Tk 4,00,000.

Besides, a certificate will also be given.

At present, there are six national-level awards in the country — Independence Day Award, Ekushey Padak, Bangabandhu Jatiya Krishi Puraskar, National Film Awards and National Sports Award.

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