Abul Hasnat Abdullah gets minister status

Staff CorrespondentDaily-Bangladesh.com

Abul Hasnat Abdullah, the Chairman of Standing Committee on Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives Ministry, has got full minister status.

A notification signed by the Cabinet Division Secretary revealed the news on Thursday.

Nurul Huda, deputy director (public relations) of the parliament secretariat, confirmed the news to Media on Friday.

According to the notification, the government has decided that Abul Hasnat Abdllah will get full minister status, salary-allowances and other related facilities till he will hold the post of convener of the National Committee on Chittagong Hill Tracts (NCCHT).

Abul Hasnat Abdullah was born on 10 December 1944 at the Seral village of Agailjhara Upazila, Barishal district, in an aristocrat family. His father Shahid Abdur Rab Serniabat was the minister of agriculture, irrigation and water resources, power, energy and mineral resources and land ministry of the Bangabandhu government.

On 15 August 1975, Abdur Rab Serniabat, father of Abul Hasanat Abdullah, brother Arif Serniabat, sister Arzumini, Baby Serniabat, son Sukanta Babu with Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his family members were killed ruthlessly. On that day, Abul Hasanat Abdullah escaped luckily.

Abul Hasanat Abdullah was elected MP from Barisal-1 (Gournadi and Agailjhara) constituency in the 5th parliamentary elections in 1991. In 1996, he became the MP for the second time from the same seat in the 7th Parliament and became Chief Whip. He was elected MP for the third time in the 10th parliamentary elections in 2014.

Under the leadership of Abul Hasnat Abdullah, on December 2, 1997, the Hill Peace Act was executed. On 18 January 2018, he was appointed the convener of the Hill Peace Act Implementation Committee. Followingly, he has been given the rank of minister.