National Awami Party (NAP) President Professor Mozaffar Ahmed on Wednesday refused this year’s Independence Award for which he has been nominated.
The 93-year old left politician, the only living member of the war-time Bangladesh government, was nominated alongwith seven other distinguished personalities for ‘Independence Award 2015’. award
After the nomination, he informed the media about his unwillingness to receive the honour, the highest state award.
Due to Mozaffar’s unwillingness, his name was dropped from the list and not included in the brochure.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina formally handed over the awards to seven eminent personalities at a function in the city's Osmany Memorial Auditorium on Wednesday morning
“Mozaffar Ahmed’s name was dropped from the list of recipients because of his lack of eagerness,” said Cabinet Secretary Muhammad Musharraf Hossain Bhuiyan.
Every year, Independence Award is given to eminent personalities of the country in recognition of their outstanding contributions to their respective fields.
Some 212 personalities and 25 organisations have, so far, been awarded with the highest state honour. But, the incident of refusal happened for the first time.
The NAP chairman, who was an advisor to the 1971 government, had formed a special guerrilla force in 1971 to fight the Pakistan Army and its local collaborators.