Dhaka, Jan. 13 -- The Ministry of Cultural Affairs has issued directives to various autonomous institutions, including the Bangla Academy, instructing them to incorporate the ministry's name into their titles.

The move has worried legal experts, intellectuals, and civil society, who see it as interfering with the institutions' autonomy.

The ministry asserts that since it oversees all tasks, including budget allocations for these organisations, the directive complies with the law.

In a letter signed by Joint Secretary (Admin-2) Md Asaduzzaman on Monday, it was stated that the ministry's name should be included with that of the relevant office/agency under the ministry.

bdnews24.com has seen a copy of the letter, and Asaduzzaman confirm...