Prime minister Sheikh Hasina has handed over the Independence Award 2022, the highest national civil award of the country, to nine distinguished persons and two organisations.
The prime minister handed over the award to the two living freedom fighters, Sirajuddin Ahmed and Abdul Jalil. She later took part in a photo session with the recipients.
The award recipients received this recognition for their glorious and outstanding contributions to their respective fields.
Valiant Freedom Fighter Ilias Ahmed Chowdhury, Martyr colonel Khandaker Nazmul Huda (Bir Bikram), Abdul Jalil, Siraj Uddin Ahmed, late Mohammad Sahiuddin Bishwas and late Sirajul Haque have been nominated for the award in the "Independence and Liberation War" category.
Professor Kanak Kanti Barua and Professor Kamrul Islam have been given the award in the "Medical" category while late architect Syed Moinul Islam has been nominated in the "Architecture" category.
The Power Division has given the award for their success for bringing Bangladesh under cent per cent electricity coverage while Bangladesh Wheat and Maize Research Institute has been awarded in the 'Research and Training' category. The name of the power division was nominated for the Independence Award 2022 on Wednesday.
Each award recipient received a gold medal, a certificate and a cheque of honorarium. Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque was present at the prize-giving ceremony.
Cabinet Secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam was the moderator of the ceremony and read out the citations with a brief life sketch of the recipients. Among the recipients, Professor Kanak Kanti Barua has expressed his feeling on the occasion.
Earlier, the government has finalized the names of 10 noted personalities and one institution for Independence Award 2022 for their glorious and remarkable contributions to the national level on March 15.
Later, the name of Amir Hamza who was nominated for the award in the literature category had been dropped amidst controversy.