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SA Samad laid to eternal rest in Mymensingh

SA Samad laid to eternal rest in Mymensingh

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Former principal secretary to the Prime Minister valiant freedom fighter Dr SA Samad was laid to eternal rest with the state honor at his ancestral home in Mymensingh this afternoon.

Earlier, bugles played the last post as Samad, also the then private secretary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, was extended the ceremonial honour guard as part of the state honour on Baridhara Jame Masjid premises on the 1 no road at 10 am before his first namaz-e-janaza.

On behalf of President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, their military secretaries Major General SM Salahuddin Islam and Major General Naqib Ahmed Chowdhury paid tributes to a career civil servant, SA Samad by placing wreaths on his coffin.

Besides, on behalf of ruling Awami League and Dhaka district administration, Samad was also paid homage.

Later, different distinguished people including cabinet members, civil society members, cultural personalities and senior bureaucrats joined the funeral prayers at Baridhara Jame Masjid.

Then the body of Samad, a life-long bachelor, was taken to his ancestral home in Gafargaon upazila of Mymensingh where he was buried at his family graveyard at 3:10pm following the second nanaj-e-zanaja there.

Local lawmakers, political, social and cultural personalities along with people from all walks of life joined the second nanaj-e-zanaja while another guard of honour was given to SA Samad by Mymensingh district administration before his burial.

Samad breathed his last while asleep at his city residence at the age of 79 a day after he was released from a city hospital where he received treatment for brain complications.

 A career civil servant, Samad previously served as a faculty member of Dhaka University's economics department.

Born in 1942, Dr Samad had his early schooling in Dhaka and studied economics at the University of Dhaka, the University of California and Boston University, from where he obtained his doctorate degree in economics in 1979.

Son of a prominent lawyer Syed Abdul Ghani, Samad taught economics at the Dhaka University, Boston State College, Boston University, Bangladesh Administrative Staff College, Public Administration Training Center and in the Asia-Pacific region as an academic, professional economist and international civil servant.

 In the mid eighties, he headed several national committees on public sector reforms and served as presidential economic adviser in early 1980s and played a crucial role in reaching the historic 1996 Ganges Water Sharing Treaty with India and the 1997 peace agreement with Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS).

 In Late 1990s he was appointed as the executive chairman of the then BOI with the status of a Cabinet Minister.

 Samad joined the Mujibnagar Government severing links with Pakistan while serving as the additional deputy commissioner (ADC) of Rangamati being a member of erstwhile Civil Service of Pakistan (CSP).

He was the president of Mujibnagar Employees’ (freedom fighters) Welfare Association during the period of 1996 to 2001 (till his retirement).

 Samad served as a programme director (economic management and information technology) at the UN Asia and Pacific Development Center (APDC) in Kuala Lumpur from 1990 to 1996.

He was also the executive secretary of the largest social science development studies network of the region, ADIPA, between 1992 and 1997.