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Appointment based on merit

FEBRUARY 27, 1972

NO RECOMMENDATION FOR JOB

Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman declares that commissions will be set up to appoint suitable persons in government services according to merit. Addressing a mammoth public meeting at Pabna, Bangabandhu asks public leaders not to recommend for jobs, transfers, promotions or appointments to satisfy party men. Any application bearing a recommendation would render the applicant disqualified. The Prime Minister tells his audience that he has already issued directives to the various government departments not to consider any application for a job or any other favour if it bears recommendations from any public leader.

Praising members of Mukti Bahini for their heroic role in liberating the country, Bangabandhu says that the entire nation is grateful to them. He asks members of Mukti Bahini to leave militia camps by February 29 with certificates of recognition.

Bangabandhu calls upon the people to form volunteer corps in different areas under the leadership of the Awami League for maintaining law and order.

21-MILLION DOLLAR US AID FOR BANGLADESH

The agency for international development is planning to contribute $21 million worth of food grains to Bangladesh. The channel of distribution will be the United Nations Relief Organisation in Bangladesh. Officials of the Agency have denied that the administration decided on the proposed shipment because of pressure from Senator Kennedy. Kennedy accused the US Administration of procrastination regarding food shipment to Bangladesh.

HIGH-POWERED TRIBUNAL DEMANDED

Families of the killed and missing intellectuals demand the immediate institution of a high-powered tribunal to punish the culprits directly responsible and involved in the killing of intellectuals, students, teachers, workers, peasants and general people of Bangladesh.

INDIAN ARMY TO PULL OUT MUCH AHEAD OF SCHEDULE

The pull-out of the Indian Army would be completed much ahead of the scheduled date of March 25, Indian Defence Minister Jagjivan Ram informs today. He tells pressmen that only 20,000 Indian army personnel are now in Bangladesh and they will be brought back very soon.

GIVE DUE HONOUR TO WOMEN VICTIMS

Bangabandhu makes a fervent appeal to the people to give due honour and dignity to the women oppressed by the Pakistani army. He says that the oppressed women are his mothers, sisters and daughters and asks the people to set up inspiring examples of nobility of character by selecting from among them brides for the proud homes in Bangladesh. Bangabandhu directs the people to prepare a list of such candidates in each district who would choose brides from among the distressed women.

SOURCES: February 28, 1972 issues of Dainik Bangla, The Daily Ittefaq, Azad, Morning News, The Bangladesh Observer and Purbodesh.

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