Muhiuddin Khan Alamgir
Muhiuddin Khan Alamgir

General Information
Former Minister & Incumbent Member of Parliament
Economist, Civil Servant, Politician

Full Name: Dr. Muhiuddin Khan Alamgir

Affiliation: Bangladesh Awami League

Current Position: Member, Advisory Committee

Date of Birth: March 01, 1942

Place of Birth: Bangladesh

Home District: Chandpur

Constituency: 260, Chandpur-1

Term: Third (9th-2008, 10th-2014, 11th-2018)

Nationality: Bangladeshi


Dr. Muhiuddin Khan Alamgir (born 01 March 1942) is a Bangladeshi politician, economist, civil servant, writer, former minister and incumbent Member of Parliament representing Chandpur-1 constituency. He is the Advisory Committee Member of Bangladesh Awami League. He became the Member of Parliament for Chandpur-1 in 2008, being re-elected in 2014 and 2018 and was Minister of Home Affairs from 2011 to 2013.

Alamgir was born in Kachua, Chandpur. He completed his master's in economics from the University of Dhaka. Later he earned his master's and Ph.D. in development economics from Boston University. Alamgir started his career joining the faculty of the Department of Economics at the University of Dhaka in 1962. In 1965 he joined the Civil Service of Pakistan. Among other posts prior to the independence of Bangladesh, he served as the subdivisional officer at Naogaon. He was serving the Pakistani government as Deputy Commissioner of Mymensingh when the 1971 war of liberation broke out.

Alamgir served in numerous positions, for a total of 32 years as a civil servent. He held several positions with the Finance Ministry, in addition to regional posts. Beginning in the late 1990s, he was appointed to political positions when the Awami League was in power. During Awami League rule in 1997, Alamgir was invited to join the cabinet as the State Minister for Planning. He also served stints in charge of the Civil Aviation Ministry and the Science and Technology Ministry. He was the initiator of the Fifth Five-Year Plan, which shaped Bangladesh's development policy from 1997 to 2002.

After BNP was returned to power in 2001, the party sought revenge for Alamgir's role in causing it to lose power in 1996. He was detained without charges and tortured during 2002. According to the American Association for the Advancement of Science one of the groups that fought for his release. Again he was arrested, charged and convicted in 2007 under a military caretaker government, and imprisoned until October 2008. On 21 October 2008, Alamgir was released on bail after being held in prison for 20 months by the military-backed caretaker government. In December 2008, the Awami League coalition won two-thirds of the seats in Parliament; Alamgir was among those elected while he was still on bail. As a result of an appeal, on 13 July 2009, the High Court overturned Alamgir's conviction and sentence.

In addition to writing and publishing development economics textbooks and numerous articles on this topic, Alamgir published his memoir My Days in Jail (2003), which sold out three editions through the following year.

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