Boishakhi, Victory Day allowances for FF from next fiscal year

Published : 08 Jun 2018, 11:20

Sahos Desk

Finance Minister AMA Muhith on Thursday said the freedom fighters will get the Boishakhi and the Victory Day allowances from the next fiscal year.

“Boishakhi allowances and the Victory Day allowances will be provided to the freedom fighters from the next fiscal year,” he said while placing the national budget for 2018-19 fiscal in the Jatiya Sangsad this afternoon with Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury in the chair.

The minister said Muktijoddha Complexes are being constructed at district and upazila levels across the country for the improvement of the socio-economic status of freedom fighters.

“Construction work of such complexes has already completed in 57 districts. We have taken initiatives to provide free medical treatment to freedom fighters in all government hospitals and 16 specialized hospitals in the country,” he added.

Under “the construction of homes for the landless and destitute or insolvent freedom fighters” project, the construction work of 2,852 units has been completed while additional 119 units are under construction, he added.

Moreover, a project titled ‘multi-storied building construction’ has been taken up for providing accommodation facility to 8000 insolvent freedom fighters, the minister said, adding that a draft law titled “Bangladesh Muktijoddha Kalyan Trust Act, 2018” has been formulated for the welfare of all civil, military, martyred, titled and wounded freedom fighters through the ‘Freedom Fighters Welfare Trust’.

Speaking about preservation of the spirit of Liberation War, the finance minister said the government has taken steps to build a memorial for the martyrs of the Allied Forces (‘Mitra Bahini’) during the War of Liberation.

“In order to make our new generation familiar with the true history of liberation war and instill the spirit of liberation war among them, liberation war museums cum libraries are being constructed in all district or upazila Muktijoddha Complex buildings,” Muhith said.

The finance minister proposed an allocation of Taka 4,261 crore for the Liberation War Affairs Ministry in the budget of fiscal 2018-19, which is Taka 275 crore more than that of the proposed budget of outgoing fiscal 2017-18.

The allocation in the proposed budget of 2017-18 fiscal was 3,986 crore while the revised budget for the ministry was Taka 3,849 crore.

Source: bss

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