DHAKA, May 18, 2017 (BSS) - Muktijoddha Supreme Command Council today described as "hollow" the pledges made in BNP's recently released Vision 2030 calling it an attempt to mislead the nation since most of the initiatives promised in the document was taken by now by the incumbent government.
"They (BNP) made an effort to mislead the nation making a gimmick with some cheap and hollow promises for the freedom fighters in their Vision 2030," Muktijoddha Supreme Command Council convener and former secretary to the government Md Rashidul Islam told a media briefing at the Jatiya Press Club here.
Reading out a written statement in presence of several other leaders of the Council Islam added "the facilities which have been promised in BNP's Vision 2030, has already been implemented by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's government".
He said the BNP pledged to appoint freedom fighters to run the Freedom Fighter's Welfare Trust and welfare institutions, if they came to power but the fact remained that "freedom fighter officers and employees were fired from these institutions without any reason".
Freedom fighters Mahbub Uddin, Bir Bikram, former chairman of Bangladesh Muktijoddha Sangsad Kendriya Command Council Principal Abdul Ahad Chowdhury, KM Farhad Hossain, Mohammad Abdul Haque, Altab Hossain Mollah, Salauddin and Minhaj Uddin were present on the occasion, among others.
"Sheikh Hasina's government has recognized war heroines as freedom fighters. Sheikh Hasina is working relentlessly to meet the fundamental rights of freedom fighter," the freedom fighter said.
He highlighted different initiatives taken by the incumbent government for the welfare of the freedom fighters particularly the introduction of Taka 10,000 as monthly allowance and establishing brick-built houses at upazila level for rehabilitating destitute, lame and homeless freedom fighters.
The Command Council convener said the government also has been providing free treatment at every public hospital and giving food and accommodation facilities at government hotel and motel at nominal prices.
He said the government has been providing bank loans at nominal interest to every freedom fighter bringing scope for them to become self reliant.
Rashidul Islam said the government has taken a decision to provide two festival bonuses for freedom fighters as like as government employees.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)