Govt raises allowances for freedom fighters
Staff Correspondent: The cabinet yesterday approved a proposal to enhance the allowances money of the war-wounded freedom fighters and families of the martyred freedom fighters as well as who are awarded for their courage.
The liberation war affairs ministry placed the proposal at the cabinet meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and she approved it.
Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam stated in a press briefing that those who have been receiving more than one allowances until now will be allowed to avail themselves of the higher allowance after the implementation of the proposal.
Valiant freedom fighter Taraman Bibi will get allowance under “Bir Pratik” category, he said.
There are seven Bir Sreshtha, 68 Bir Uttam, 175 Bir Bikram and 426 Bir Pratik gallantry award winners.
25,000 families of martyrs are receiving allowance while the number of war-wounded (now dead) freedom fighters’ families is 303 and families of Bri Sreshtha are seven.
The cabinet also approved to increase the financial power of the ministry and division, allowing them to use a fund of Tk 100 crore, instead of the present Tk 50 crore, when they approve development and non-development projects.
The consultancy services have also been raised to Tk 30 crore for development projects and Tk 20 crore for projects under the non-development budget.