JS Body on Liberation War Ministry Meets
Move to revive Muktijoddha Kalyan Trust industrial units
The parliamentary standing committee on the liberation war affairs ministry yesterday formed a sub-committee to find out ways to revive all the industrial units belonging to Muktijoddha Kalyan Trust.
At present, most of the 32 industries run by the Kalyan Trust are closed due to mismanagement and corruption.
Out of the nine industries, now in operation, three are loss-making. Tabani Beverage, once profitable and popular venture of Kalyan Trust, is not in operation now.
The trust uses the profit from these industries for the betterment of freedom fighters, especially those who were wounded during the liberation war.
"Most industries of Muktijoddha Kalyan Trust are not in operation at present. A few industries, which are in operation, are also loss-making. So, we have formed a sub-committee to identify the problems facing these industries and to find out ways to revive them," Maj (retd) Rafiqul Islam, chairman of the parliamentary committee, told reporters after its three-hour-long meeting at the parliament building.
The sub-committee was also asked to appoint a consultant group for expert opinions regarding reopening of the industries and assessment of its assets and liabilities.
Headed by Shajahan Khan, the three-member committee has also been asked to submit its report soon.
The parliamentary committee also formed another sub-committee to prepare a list of genuine freedom fighters by adding the names of those dropped from the existing three lists and deleting the names of fake freedom fighters.
"The three lists of freedom fighters have flaws. The names of real freedom fighters were not included in the lists. On the other hand, the names of fake freedom fighters appear on the lists," Maj (retd) Rafiqul Islam said.
"So, we have formed a sub-committee to prepare a correct and unified list of freedom fighters to replace the existing three lists," the veteran freedom fighter added.
Headed by Shamsurrah-man Sherif, the four-member sub-committee has been asked to submit its report within the next one month, he said.
"The sub-committee will verify the existing three lists. They will delete the names of fake freedom fighters and will incorporate the names of real freedom fighters into the list."
The sub-committee has also been asked to submit a report on how to ensure transparency and accountability in the Muktijoddha Sangsad.