Minimum age of freedom fighters now 12.6 yrs

Kalerkantho Online   

17 January, 2018 18:07 PM

Minimum age of freedom fighters now 12.6 yrs

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The government has re-fixed 12 years six months as the minimum age limit for being recognised as a freedom fighter.

Now, people who were 12 years and six months old on November 30, 1971, would be deemed eligible to apply for the status.

The Ministry of Liberation War Affairs issued a gazette notification in this regard on Wednesday.

On November 10, 2017, the government issued a gazette keeping the minimum age of freedom fighters 13 years on November 30, 1971.

In November 2016, the government set nine conditions for eligibility for being recognised as a freedom fighter. 

The government finalised the definition on the basis of recommendations of the Jatiya Muktijoddha Council to prepare an acceptable list of the freedom fighters.

As per the definition, people who took part in the Liberation War in response to the call of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman between March 26 and December 16 in 1971 will be recognised as freedom fighters.

People who had registered with different training camps in India during the war after crossing border, professionals and eminent Bangladeshis who had played an active role abroad in gaining world support for the war effort, people who had been engaged in running the then Mujibnagar government and members of national assembly (MNA) and members of provincial assembly (MPA) who had taken part in the Liberation War and had been involved in the Mujibnagar government, members of the armed forces, police, EPR and Ansar who had participated in the war, members of medical teams that had treated the wounded freedom fighters and players of Swadhin Bangla Football Team, members of Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra and journalists who had been in the country and abroad during the war and women who had been violated and tortured by the then Pakistan occupation forces will be eligible for freedom fighter status.

The government for the first time in October in 2015 recognised 41 Biranganas as freedom fighters.