Awal fails to prove himself ‘alive’ even in 9 years!...

Dhaka, Friday   22 October 2021

Harassment on NID card

Awal fails to prove himself ‘alive’ even in 9 years!

 Rifat Ahmed Russel, Netrokona

 Published: 04:18 PM, 21 April 2021  

Photo: Daily Bangladesh

Photo: Daily Bangladesh

Abdul Awal of Netrokona’s Madan has been running in various government for nine long years to prove himself alive! 

It is learned that Abdul Awal, son of Fazlur Rahman of Ward 7 of Madan Municipality, has exercised his voting right in the ninth parliamentary elections held in 2008, however, this discrepancy was calculated in 2012 and his name was added to the “list of the dead” soon after the new voter list was revised that year.

Although 9 long years have passed since then, no remedy has been found. Apart from being deprived of various facilities during this long period, he also lost the opportunities of government and private jobs.

Besides, Abdul Awal is also deprived of the ongoing coronavirus vaccination campaign across the country as he was mentioned “dead” in the NID card during the registration process. However, he conducted general activities with a certificate of ‘alive’ from the municipality mayor in 2014.

In a recent interview given on a private television channel over “alive but dead”, Abdul Awal has come up in the discussion on social media. He regretted that many people “mocked this interview” and spread it through social media. 

Abdul Awal told Daily Bangladesh that he has been going to the upazila election office for years just to “prove himself alive”. And for a long time, the “election officials have been assuring that the list will be amended”. But to date, this list has not been revised. And there are doubts about whether this list is amended or not. 

“I am not able to make any application including government application due to the complexity of the NID card,” he said. “My government service age is over. My house also needs to be renovated, but can’t do anything.”

“I am alive in society today but dead in the paper.”

He sought immediate intervention of the higher authorities to investigate and take action on why he was cut off from the voter list. 

“Last 2/3 days ago, my issue was discussed at a live program on a private television channel. I myself joined this program and highlighted my problems. However, a small part of the program, many people are spreading satire through social media. I strongly condemn it,” he added.

Madan Mahbub Alam, president of Madan Upazila Press Club, told Daily Bangladesh that the matter is very sad. A man has to carry his voter ID dead even though he is alive, I can't believe it. I think the Upazila Election Office will take immediate action. 

Assuring a “speedy solution” of the issue, Upazila Election Officer Md. Hamid Iqbal told Daily Bangladesh that the data collector may mention journalist Awal as dead while revising the voter list in 2012. “The matter is very sad. I just joined. I came to know that he has applied in written. I will talk to the head office about the matter,” he said.