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Cabinet clears new law with provisions to prepare lists of 1971 collaborators

  • Published at 09:03 am December 7th, 2020
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File photo: Cabinet meeting where Sheikh Hasina presided over the session virtually on Monday, September 13, 2020 Focus Bangla

According to Section 5(e) of the draft law, the National Freedom Fighter Council will prepare the list of Razakars

The cabinet has approved the draft of the "National Freedom Fighter Council Act 2020" incorporating the provision of preparing lists of Razakars, Al-Badar, Al-Shams, and other paramilitary forces who fought against the Liberation War in 1971.

Cabinet Secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam was speaking to reporters on the matter at the secretariat on Monday afternoon, following the weekly cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

The premier virtually attended the meeting from Ganabhaban while ministers and secretaries participated from the secretariat.

"According to Section 5 (e) of the draft law, the National Freedom Fighter Council will make the list of Razakars," the cabinet secretary said.

Until now, the National Freedom Fighter Council Act had been empowered with the provision of preparing the list of freedom fighters and there was no provision regarding the list of Pakistani collaborators, said the cabinet secretary

With the enactment of the proposed law, the council will have the legal authority to prepare the list of collaborators, including Razakars, Al-Badr, Al-Shams and other anti-liberation forces, through scrutiny.

Govt data will be stored in Gazipur Hi-Tech Park

The cabinet also approved a draft memorandum of “Bangladesh Data Centre Company Limited” proposed by the Information and Communication Technology Division.

This has opened the door for all government offices to store their data on servers kept at Bangabandhu Hi-Tech City in Kaliakair, Gazipur.

The cabinet secretary said that different government offices asked for separate funds for data storing and management as they lacked a unified solution. “So we have decided from now on, every government and autonomous office can use the server of the hi-tech park with a specific payment system.” 

“All government data, including banking data, NID data and passport data will be stored in the high-tech park,” he added.

He said: “Even private companies will be allowed to use these servers for storing their data.”

Existing education curriculum to be revised

The cabinet secretary also informed the media that the existing education curriculum of Bangladesh would be revised to adapt to the changes and needs of modern times.

He said: “Today’s cabinet meeting elaborately discussed the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) and the challenges it will bring in the upcoming days.” 

“So, we have to be prepared for the changes,” he added.

He said that a committee would be formed to revise the current education curriculum of the country in order to cope with the technological changes following the 4IR. “Certainly there will be some changes made in our education policy as well as our economic policy.”

The Education Ministry had already been instructed in this regard, he added.

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