THE government by having revoked the false freedom fighters' certificates that 35 public servants had been using over the years to illegally occupy different official positions and draw benefits illegally from the public exchequer has taken the first step towards holding these fraudsters to account. But considering the gravity of their offence, the government should not rest content with merely removing them from office. They should be made to refund the money they have so far illegally taken from the government under the FF's quota. They also deserve exemplary punishment.
By resorting to such heinous means to pass themselves off as freedom fighters, these people have tried to cheat the entire nation out of its glorious legacy of the Liberation War. Regrettably, this evil practice has been going on for too long giving it a kind of impunity. Small wonder the number of freedom fighters now stands at 2.12 lakh, which was 1.98 lakh in 2002. How are we to account for these additional 14, 000 FFs within the last 12 years? The magnitude of the forgery and deception involving false certification as freedom fighters is mind-boggling.
We would like to be reassured about Liberation War ministry's stated investigation against 500 government employees and 5,000 other people in different other professions who are allegedly using fake FF certificates. We believe the government will bring under closer scrutiny all such cases of false FF certificates being used by dishonest people and thus flush the FF ranks clean of impostors.