Eight renowned personalities and one organisation received the ‘Independence Award 2020’ on Thursday in recognition of their remarkable contributions to the respective fields.
On behalf of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque handed over the prestigious award to the recipients and their relatives at a function at the Osmani Memorial Auditorium in the city.
The prime minister joined the programme virtually from her official residence Ganobhaban.
The award recipients are Jute and Textiles Minister Golam Dastagir Gazi, Commander Abdur Rouf (posthumous), martyred intellectual and novelist Md Anwar Pasha (posthumous) and Azizur Rahman (Independence and Liberation War); Prof Dr Md Obaidul Kabir Chowdhury and Prof Dr AKMA Muqtadir (Medical science); Kalipada Das and Ferdousi Mazumder (Culture); and Bharateswari Homes, a boarding school for girls in Mirzapur upazila of Tangail, (Education).
The prime minister usually distributes the prestigious award among recipients on March 25 every year ahead of the Independence Day.
However, this year’s programme had been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Since 1977, Bangladesh has been recognising individuals and institutions with the award every year.