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Ex-principal secy to PM SA Samad dies

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 29 July, 2021 12:00 AM
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Ex-principal secy to PM SA Samad dies

Valiant freedom fighter Dr Syed Abdus Samad, former private secretary to Bangabandhu and former principal secretary to the Prime Minister, passed away while sleeping at his Baridhara residence in the capital on Wednesday. He was 79. 

Samad, a lifelong bachelor, died a day after he was released from a hospital in the capital following receiving the treatment for brain complications.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed profound shock and sorrow at the death of Dr Syed Abdus Samad.

In a message of condolence, Prime Minister said, “He (SA Samad) was an honest, skilled, courageous and sincere government official.”

Recalling his role during the Liberation War in 1971, Sheikh Hasina said he 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).  

She said Samad also 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) that saw the end of the nearly two decades long unrest in the troubled hill region.

Prime Minister prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul and conveyed deep sympathy to the bereaved family.

Syed Abdus Samad was the Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister from 1997 to 2001. He also served as the Secretary of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources.

He was also the Executive Chairman of the Board of Investment (BOI).

Samad previously served as a faculty of Dhaka University’s economics department. He also penned several books on economics.