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War heroes to retire at 60

PM approves one-year job extension proposal; admin may face commotion

The government is going to increase by one year the retirement age of freedom fighter officials and employees in public service for the second time in two and a half years.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who also holds charge of the public administration ministry, approved recently a proposal of the liberation war ministry for extending their service age to 60 years from 59.

She announced this yesterday at a reception accorded to the gallantry award recipient freedom fighters and their heirs at the Armed Forces Division.

Once the fresh extension of service age comes into force, it will cover around 11,000 serving officials and employees listed as freedom fighters by the liberation war ministry.

"A proposal for extending retirement age of the freedom fighter civil servants is likely to be placed at the next cabinet meeting for approval," a senior official of the liberation war ministry said yesterday.

This will be the third extension of service age by the present government.

Earlier in April 2010, retirement age of the freedom fighter civil servants was raised by two years to 59 from 57.

A year later, service age of other civil servants were also extended by two years, which made the age limit same for all (nearly 12 lakh) officials and employees. The freedom fighter public servants then started demanding increase of their service age by another two years.

In June this year, the liberation war ministry sent a proposal to the public administration ministry for extending retirement age of the freedom fighters. But it did not place the proposal before the cabinet and sent it back.

Within a week, the liberation war ministry took up the matter with the prime minister. The PM decided to extend the age limit by one year, sources in the liberation war ministry said.

In 2010, the extension of service age for freedom fighters by two years created a huge commotion among the rank and file of the civil administration. Many of them termed the step discriminatory.

Talking to The Daily Star yesterday, some bureaucrats who are not freedom fighters said the step would trigger adverse reaction in the entire administration. It would make only a small section, including some senior officials, happy, they added.

"The government should not irk the entire civil administration by rewarding a small section of civil servants," said a deputy secretary of the communications ministry. The step will also delay promotion of many, he added.

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Our war heroes age limit would be as long as they can work subject to their health condition not on the basis of an age limit of 60 they are our best sons and daughters of our holy soil.

: Sengupta, Canada

Fake Mujibnagar employees, who are also ex-official Freedom Fighters, are rewarded again.

: M H Khan


  • Mirza Md. Nasir Uddin
    Thursday, November 22, 2012 07:47 AM GMT+06:00 (168 weeks ago)

    I think the government has taken the right decision for the war heroes to retire at 60. The difference between the general officials and the freedom fighters is only one year making it acceptable to all.

  • Mizan Rahman
    Thursday, November 22, 2012 09:00 AM GMT+06:00 (168 weeks ago)

    The extension of retirement age of our freedom fighters is obviously a good decision by the government. However, there are fake freedom fighters who did not participate in the liberation war will get the same benefit is a bad news for the whole nation. The government and its intelligence branches can easily find out the fake freedom fighters. These persons deserve punishment. The responsibility lies with the government.

  • Tajul Islam, Beijing
    Thursday, November 22, 2012 09:38 AM GMT+06:00 (168 weeks ago)

    Government should increase the retirement age to 62 years for all employees in line with what we see in many other countries. In many countries retirement age is 65 years. This will benefit all employees financially.

  • Jakir Hossain Khan
    Thursday, November 22, 2012 10:11 AM GMT+06:00 (168 weeks ago)

    I totally agree with Sengupta.

  • I.Hassan
    Thursday, November 22, 2012 10:58 AM GMT+06:00 (168 weeks ago)

    How many of these heroes belong to 16th division?

  • Tarun Ghosh
    Thursday, November 22, 2012 03:42 PM GMT+06:00 (168 weeks ago)

    Dear Dada,

    You are absolutely right.

  • anubala
    Thursday, November 22, 2012 05:03 PM GMT+06:00 (168 weeks ago)

    Please help me make the freedom fighter certificate.





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