The government on Monday published a gazette notification scrapping freedom fighter certificates of four secretaries and withholding the certificate of another secretary. The liberation war affairs ministry issued a gazette notification saying that the ministry withheld the FF certificate of Mollah Waheeduzzaman, a former secretary of prime minister’s office. The gazette notification was issued following the recommendation of Jatiya Muktijoddha Council. Earlier, the Jatiya Muktijoddha Council cancelled freedom fighter certificates of these five top public servants citing that they had not followed the procedure required for enlistment. The move came a week after the Anti-Corruption Commission sent a report to the cabinet division, the liberation war affairs ministry and the public administration ministry for action against the alleged bureaucrats. JMC, the authorised organisation for issuing or cancelling freedom fighter certificates, found truth in the ACC report which said that these officials had obtained freedom fighter certificates bypassing the council, According to the JMC act 2002, an individual must apply to the council to be enlisted as a freedom fighter. The five officials are privatisation commission chairman and former PMO secretary Mollah Waheeduzzaman, health secretary Niaz Uddin Mia, Public Service Commission secretary AKM Amir Hossain, former liberation war affairs secretary KH Masud Siddiqui (now an OSD) and joint secretary of liberation war affairs ministry Abul Kashem Talukder (now an OSD). ACC report stated that Niaz Uddin was 15 years old, Masud Siddiqui 15, Amir Hossain 14, and Abul Kashem 12 during the 1971 Liberation War.
Source: New Age