1,932 freedom fighters face age issues
Dhaka, April 21: According to the date of birth of the National Identity Card (NID), the minimum age condition of 1,932 heroic freedom fighters is not being fulfilled. Therefore, the government has given time till May 10 to amend the NID of these freedom fighters.
A letter has been sent from the Ministry of Liberation War Affairs to all Deputy Commissioners, Deputy Directors of District Social Service Offices and Upazila Nirbahi Officers (UNOs) on Tuesday (April 20th) to instruct the concerned to suggest NID amendment to the heroic freedom fighters who did not meet the conditions.
The letter states that a heroic freedom fighter must be at least 12 years and 6 months old on or before November 30, 1971 or born before May 30, 1959, according to a memorandum issued by the Ministry of Liberation War on January 17, 2018. A review of the Management Information System (MIS) database containing the complete information of the heroic freedom fighters has shown that the date of birth of 1,932 heroic freedom fighters as described in the national identity card is not desired and therefore does not meet the minimum age requirement.
It further said that another memorandum of the Ministry of Liberation War on October 18, 2020 had earlier requested for correction of the issue of age in the applicable field including name and address in the national identity card by December 31. But a review of the MIS database shows that the birth dates of the mentioned number (1,932) of the heroic freedom fighters displayed on their national identity cards have not been corrected. As a result, due to non-compliance with the minimum age requirement of the heroic freedom fighter, according to section 8 (i) of the National Freedom Fighters Council Act 2002, the proof of the heroic freedom fighter is invalid and the birth date of the national identity card of the concerned freedom fighter needs to be amended.
In this context, if the minimum age condition of the heroic freedom fighters is not fulfilled, then there is an opportunity to take legal action in the future.