Proposal to observe ‘Freedom Fighters Day’ on Dec 1
Published: 09:02 PM, 18 October 2020
The Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Ministry of Freedom Fighters Affairs has proposed to observe the Freedom Fighters Day on December 1 to commemorate the freedom fighters. The meeting recommended a plan to commemorate the heroic freedom fighters in the same way that the British still remember the soldiers killed in the World War-II.
The recommendation was made at a meeting of the committee held at the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban on Sunday. The meeting was chaired by Committee Chairman Shahjahan Khan and attended by committee members AQM Mozammel Haque and Kazi Firoz Rashid.
After the meeting, committee chairman Shahjahan Khan told reporters that although there was no official announcement, Freedom Fighters Day was observed on December 1. It has been proposed to officially observe the Freedom Fighters Day so that the freedom fighters may be remembered even when they are not alive.
He further said that if the government announces a day by gazette then there is an obligation to observe it. So the ministry will take our proposal to the cabinet meeting. The cabinet will take a decision in this regard.
According to the concerned, the Sector Commanders Forum had demanded to declare the first day of December as 'Freedom Fighters Day' at a general assembly in Paltan on January 12, 2004. They have been celebrating Freedom Fighters Day on December 1 all over the country since that year.
It was further informed at the meeting that in order to enable the freedom fighters to lead a prosperous life, a proposal to increase their monthly honorarium by Tk 8,000 to Tk 20,000 from FY 2020-21 has been sent to the Finance Ministry recently.
Besides, it was recommended to present the detailed sum of income and expenditure of the National Freedom Fighters Council and the audit report of income and expenditure to be presented at the next meeting. It is also recommended that the medical expenses paid to the freedom fighters from the Muktijoddha Welfare Trust be paid on a monthly basis as required.