Independence Day Award

Bangladesh's highest civillian award

The Independence Day Award[1] is the highest state award given by the government of Bangladesh.[2] It is also termed Independence Award, Swadhinata Padak, and Swadhinata Puroskar. The award was introduced in 1977 and since then it has been given to Bangladeshi citizens or organizations in recognition of substantial contribution to one of many fields, including the War of Liberation, the Language Movement, education, literature, journalism, public service, science and technology, medical science, social science, song, games and sports, fine arts, rural development, and other areas.[3]

Independence Day Award
স্বাধীনতা দিবস পুরস্কার
TypeNational Civilian
First awarded1977
Last awarded2020
Next (higher)None
Next (lower)Ekushey Padak

Each awardee receives a gold medal, a certificate of honour, and a sum of cash.[2] The amount of the cash reward was originally taka 20 thousand,[4] but later in 2004, it was increased to taka one lac (.10 million in Bangladeshi currency).[4]


  1. "Independence Day Award, Cabinet Division, Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh". Archived from the original on 2014-04-09. Retrieved 2017-09-16.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Khan, Sanjida (2012). "National Awards". In Islam, Sirajul; Jamal, Ahmed A. (eds.). Banglapedia: National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Second ed.). Asiatic Society of Bangladesh.
  3. Rahman, Syedur (2010). Historical Dictionary of Bangladesh. Scarecrow Press. p. 349. ISBN 978-0-8108-7453-4.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Booklet of Independence Award 2007. Cabinet Division. Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh. pp. 1.

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