Ministry of Defence (Bangladesh)

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People's Republic of Bangladesh
Ministry of Defence
Bengali: প্রতিরক্ষা মন্ত্রণালয়
(Protirakha Montronaloya)
Government Seal of Bangladesh.svg
Agency overview
Formed14 April 1971
JurisdictionGovernment of Bangladesh
HeadquartersGanobhabon Complex, Shere Bangla Nagar, Dhaka [1]
Agency executives
  • Sheikh Hasina, Minister of Defence
  • Akhtar Hossain Bhuiyan, Secretary of Defence
Websitemod.gov.bd

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) (Bengali: প্রতিরক্ষা মন্ত্রণালয়; Protirakha Montronaloya) is a Bangladeshi government ministry. The MoD is headed by the Minister of Defence, a civilian and member of cabinet; the post is usually held by the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, who also serves as the President's second-in-command of the military. The MoD exercises supreme command authority over the Bangladesh Armed Forces.

Organisational structure[edit]

Parliament is constitutionally responsible for working with the president and the service chiefs in ensuring the nation's defence. In practice, however, members of Parliament have never played a significant role in either national defence planning or defence budgeting, the Defence Secretary does.[2]

Agencies and Departments under the Ministry of Defence[edit]

The list of agencies and departments under the Ministry of Defence of Bangladesh are below[3]:

Defence Forces[edit]

Inter-Forces institutions[edit]

Other Agencies and Departments[edit]

Role and Working[edit]

The functions of the MoD are:[5]

  • Defence of Bangladesh.
  • Defence Services of Bangladesh and Armed Forces attached to or operating with any of the Armed Forces of Bangladesh excluding planning, co-ordination and arrangement of mobilisation of the defence services on declaration of national emergency/war and co-ordination and control of the activities of the defence services when deployed in aid of civil administration.
  • Army, Naval and Air Force Works
  • Production of cypher documents
  • Bangladesh Ordnance Factories (Produce Ammunition and Arms for Bangladesh Army)
  • International Red Cross and Geneva Conventions in so far as these affect belligerents
  • Gallantry awards and decorations in respect of forces under its control
  • Military Lands and Cantonments
  • Meteorological Observations
  • Pardons, reprieves and respites, etc., of all personnel belonging to armed forces
  • National Services and Bangladesh National Cadet Corps (BNCC)
  • Matters relating to Cadet Colleges
  • Matters relating to Space Research and Remote Sensing Organisation (SPARRSO)
  • Civil Services paid from Defence Estimates
  • Hydrographic Surveys and preparation of navigational charts (excluding Hydrographic surveys in the inland water of Bangladesh and preparation of charts for inland navigation)
  • Survey of Bangladesh
  • Budget legal and statutory matters of the Armed Forces
  • Secretarial administration including financial matters
  • Administration and control of subordinate offices and organisations under this ministry
  • Liaison with International Organisations and matters relating to treaties and agreements with other countries and world bodies relating to subject allotted to this ministry
  • All laws on subjects allotted to this ministry
  • Inquires and statistics on any of the subjects allotted to this ministry.
  • Fees in respect of any of the subjects allotted to this ministry except fees taken in courts

References[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Library of Congress Country Studies website http://lcweb2.loc.gov/frd/cs/.

  1. ^ http://www.cabinet.gov.bd/site/page/55bcf4d6-dd85-45c1-94b6-bcb06e4b1b12 List of Ministries and Divisions
  2. ^ Heitzman, James; Worden, Robert, eds. (1989). "Organization of the Armed Forces". Bangladesh: A Country Study. Washington, D.C.: Federal Research Division, Library of Congress. p. 218.
  3. ^ https://mod.gov.bd/site/page/befdc93b-17fb-4f2d-850c-630ccc1b0b68
  4. ^ "About Us". Inter-Service Public Relations Directorate. Archived from the original on 2015-06-19.
  5. ^ প্রতিরক্ষা মন্ত্রণালয়ের কার্যাবলি [The Functions of the Ministry of Defence]. Ministry of Defence (in Bengali).