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The Bangladesh order of precedence is a symbolic hierarchy of the highest offices in Bangladesh used to direct protocol. It has no official status, but has been established in practical use.

Order[1][2][3]

The list shown in the table below has certain deviations from the official Warrant of Precedence[1] issued by Cabinet Division of the Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh. However, one amendment[4] has recently been made to Note 1 under the table which has been duly updated in this article. It is to be noted that the Warrant of Precedence was challenged by a writ petition. The matter is now pending with the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh as the Government has filed a review petition[5].

Article Warrant of Precedence
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  • Persons holding appointments accorded status of a Minister without being members of the Cabinet
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  • Ambassadors Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
  • High Commissioners of Commonwealth countries accredited to Bangladesh.
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  • Envoys Extraordinary and Ministers Plenipotentiary accredited to Bangladesh.
  • Persons holding appointments accorded status of a Deputy Minister.
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  • Cabinet Secretary.
  • Chiefs of Staff of the Army, Navy and Air Force.
  • Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister.
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  • Members of the Parliament.
14
  • Visiting Ambassadors and High Commissioners not accredited to Bangladesh.
15
  • Attorney-General

Comptroller and Auditor-General Ombudsman.

  • Governor, Bangladesh Bank.
  • Senior Secretary
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  • Chairman, Public Service Commission.
  • Chairman, University Grants Commission.
  • Inspector General of Police.
  • Members, Planning Commission.
  • Officers of the rank of Major General in the army and equivalent in the Navy and the Air force.
  • Secretaries to the Government including Secretary to the Parliament.
  • District and Sessions Judges.
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  • Charge-d’ affaires apied of Foreign Countries.
  • Director General of the National Security Intelligence.
  • Full-time Members, University Grants Commission.
  • National Professors.
  • Officers holding the status of Secretaries to the Government.
  • Vice-chancellors of Universities.
  • Chief Judicial Magistrate / Chief Metropolitan Magistrate / Additional District and Sessions Judges.
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  • Mayors of Civic Corporation within the jurisdiction of their respective Corporations.
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  • Additional Attorney-General.
  • Additional Secretaries to the Government.
  • Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission.
  • Chairman, Board of Land Administration.
  • Chairman, Bangladesh Agricultural Development Corporation
  • Chairman, Bangladesh chemical Industries Corporation.
  • Chairman, Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation.
  • Chairman, Bangladesh Oil, Gas And Mineral Corporation.
  • Chairman, Bangladesh Power Development Board.
  • Chairman, Bangladesh Steel and Engineering Corporation.
  • Chairman, Bangladesh Sugar and Food Industries Corporation.
  • Chairman, Bangladesh Textile Mills Corporation.
  • Chairman, Bangladesh Water Development Board.
  • Chairman, Tariff commission.
  • Charge-d’ affaires ad-interim of Foreign Countries.
  • Director- General of Anti-Corruption.
  • Executive Vice-Chairman, Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council.
  • Managing Director, Bangladesh Krishi Bank.
  • Managing Director, Sonali Bank.
  • Professors of Universities in Selection Grade.
  • Visiting Ambassadors and High Commissioners of Bangladesh.
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  • Chairman, Bangladesh Council of Scientific and Industrial Research.
  • Chairman Tea Board.
  • Chairman T&T Board.
  • Chief Architect to the Government.
  • Chief Conservator of Forests.
  • Chief Engineer, Roads and Highways Department.
  • Chief Engineer, Public Works Department.
  • Executive Chairman, Bangladesh Export Processing Zone Authority.
  • Director- General, Department of Agriculture Extension.
  • Director of Fisheries.
  • Director- General of Health Services.
  • Director of Livestock Services.
  • Director General, of Primary Education.
  • Director General, Secondary and Higher Secondary Education.
  • Director-General of Technical Education.
  • Division Chief, Planning commission.
  • Managing Director Bangladesh Biman.
  • Managing Director, of other Nationalised Commercial Banks.
  • Members of the National Board of Revenue.
  • Members, Public Service Commission.
  • Officers of the status of Additional Secretary to the Government.
  • Registrar of Supreme Court.
  • Vice-chairman, Export Promotion Bureau.
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  • Additional Inspector-General of Police.
  • Chairman, Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority.
  • Chairman, Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation.
  • Chairman, Bangladesh Small & Cottage Industries Corporation.
  • Chairman of the Civil Aviation Authority.
  • Chairman, Dhaka Improvement Trust.
  • Chairman, National Broadcasting Authority.
  • Chairman, Petroleum Corporation.
  • Chairman, Port Authority.
  • Chairman, Rural Electrification Board.
  • Chairman, Trading Corporation of Bangladesh.
  • Chairman, Water And Sewerage Authority.
  • Chairman, Bangladesh Hand Loom Board.
  • 'Chairman, Bangladesh Sericulture Board.
  • Chairman, Bangladesh Jute corporation.
  • Chairman, Bangladesh Forest Industries Development Corporation.
  • Chairman, Bangladesh Fisheries Development Corporation.
  • Chairman, Bangladesh Tourism Corporation.
  • Chairman, Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation.
  • Chief Controller of Imports and Exports.
  • Chief Engineer, Housing and Settlement Department.
  • Chief Engineer of Public Health Engineering Department.
  • Commissioners of Divisions within their respective charges.
  • Director, Bangladesh Chemical Industries Corporation (if full-time member of the Board of Directors).
  • Director, Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation (if full-time member of the Board of Directors).
  • Director, Bangladesh Steel & Engineering Corporation (if full-time member of the Board of Directors).
  • Director, Bangladesh Sugar and food Industries Corporation (if full-time member of the Board of Directors).
  • Director, Bangladesh Textile Mills Corporation (if full-time member of the Board of Directors).
  • Director-General of Ansars & VDP. Director, General of Bangladesh Rural Development Board.
  • Director, General Department of Immigration and Passport.
  • Director, General of Export Promotion Bureau. Director, General Fire Services and Civil Defence.
  • Director, General of Food.
  • Director, General of Geological Survey.
  • Director, General of Industries.
  • Director, General of Land Record and Surveys.
  • Director, General of Post Offices.
  • Director, General population Control.
  • Director, General of Relief and Rehabilitation.
  • Director, General Shipping.
  • General Manager of Bangladesh Railway.
  • Joint Secretaries to the Government.
  • Managing Director, Bangladesh Shipping Corporation.
  • Managing Director of the Financial Institutions.
  • Managing Director, Jiban Bima Corporation.
  • Managing Director, Sadharan Bima Corporation.
  • Managing Director, Bangladesh Film Development Corporation
  • Member, Atomic Energy Commission if full-time member of the Board of Directors.
  • Member, Bangladesh Agricultural Development Corporation if full-time member of the Board of Directors.
  • Member, Bangladesh Oil, Gas and Mineral Corporation if full-time member of the Board of Directors.
  • Member, Bangladesh Power Development Board if full-time member of the board of Directors.
  • Member, Bangladesh Water Development Board if full-time member of the Board of Directors.
  • Ministers and Deputy High Commissioners of the rank of Ministers in Embassies, High Commissions and Missions Located in Bangladesh.
  • Officers of the rank of Brigadier in the Army and equivalent in the Navy and the Air Force.
  • Registrar, Co-operative Societies.
  • Surveyor-General of Bangladesh.
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  • Additional Chief Architect.
  • Additional Chief Engineers of Government Departments.

Additional Director-General, Health Services. Chairman, Chittagong Development Authority Chairman, Rajshahi Development Authority. Chairman, Khulna Development Authority Collectors of Customs and Excise Commissioners of Divisions outside their respective charges. Commissioners of Taxes. Consuls General. Controller General of Accounts Controller General of Defence Finance. Counsellors of Embassies, High Commissions and Legations of Foreign and Commonwealth Government. Deputy Inspectors General of Police within their respective charges. Director of Agriculture Extension. Director of general, Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute. Director General, Bangladesh Jute Research Institute. Director General, Bangladesh Rice Research Institute. Director General, Department of Social Services. Director General, National Institute of Mass Communication. Director General of Youth Development Department. Director, Military lands and Cantonment. Director General, Bangladesh Industrial Technical Assistance Centre. Director General, Bangladesh Standard and Testing Institute. Inspector General of Prisons. Joint Chief, Planning Commission. Member, Bangladesh Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (if full-time member of the Board of Directors). Member, Bangladesh export Processing Zone Authority (if full- time member of the Board of Directors). Member, Tea Board (if full-time member of the Board of Directors). Officers of the rank of Full Colonel in the Army and equivalent in the Navy and the Air Force. Officers of the status of Joint Secretary to the Government. Principals of Medical and Engineering Colleges and Professors of Universities.

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Additional Commissioners (within respective charges). Director, Bangladesh jute Corporation (if full-time member of the Board of Directors). Director, Bangladesh Forest Industries Corporation (if full-time member of Board of Directors). Director, Bangladesh Fisheries Development Corporation (if full-time member of the Board of Directors). Director, Bangladesh Tourism Corporation (if full-time member of the Board of Directors). Director, Bangladesh Film Development Corporation (if full-time of the Board of Directors). Director, Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (if full-time member of the Board of Directors. Director of Education. Director, Petroleum Corporation (if full-time member of the Board of Directors). Director, Bangladesh Rural Development Board (if full-time member of the Board of Directors). Director, Trading Corporation of Bangladesh (if full-time member of the Board of Directors). Mayors of Civic Corporations outside their respective charges. Member, Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (if full-time member of the Board of Directors). Member, Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (if full-time member of the Board of Directors). Member, Bangladesh Handloom Board (if full-time member of the Board of Directors). Member, Bangladesh Sericulture Board (if full-time member of the Board of Directors). Member, Civil Aviation Authority (if full-time member of the Board of Directors). Member, Port Authority (if full-time member of the Board of Directors). Member, Rural Electrification Board (if full-time member of the Board of Directors). Member, Bangladesh Shipping Corporation (if full-time member of the Board of Directors). Military, Naval and Air Attaches to Embassies and Legations and Military, Naval and Air Advisors to High Commissions. Professors of Medical and Engineering Colleges.

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Chairmen of District Councils (if elected) within their respective charges. Commandant, Marine Academy. Deputy Commissioners within their respective charges. Deputy Inspectors General of Police outside their charges. Director, Bangladesh Industrial Technical Assistance Center (if full-time member of the Board of Directors). Director, Bangladesh Standard and Testing Institute (if full-time member of the Board of Directors). Officers of the rank if Colonel in the Army and equivalent in the Navy and the Air Force.

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Chairmen (if elected) of class I Municipalities within their charges. Chairmen of Upazila parishads within their respective charges. Civil Surgeons within their respective charge. Deputy Secretaries of the government. Officers of the rank of Major in the Army and equivalent in the Navy and the Air Force. Superintendents of Police within their respective charges.

Notes

  1. The order in this warrant of Precedence is meant for state and ceremonial occasions[4].
  2. The entries in the above table, which are in alphabetical order on each article, apply exclusively to the persons mentioned in the table of precedence and, while regulating their relative precedence with each other do not give them any precedence over members of the non-official community in Bangladesh, not mentioned in the table who shall take their place according to usage.
  3. Persons in the above table will take precedence in order of the number of the entries. Those included in the same number will take precedence inter se according to the date of entry into that number. When two or more persons enter an article on the same date, their inter se seniority will be fixed in the basis of length of class I service, in case of officers, and in the case on an elected office bearer given precedence over permanent Government servants entering the article on the same date. Amongst elected office-bearers entering article on the same date precedence will be accorded by alphabetical order of the surname. Officers of the Defense Services, in the same article will rank inter se according to their relative service seniority.
  4. When a person holds more than one position in the table, he will be entitled to the highest position accorded to him.
  5. Officers who are temporarily officiating in any number of the table he will take precedence in that number below permanent incumbents.
  6. All officers not mentioned in the above table, whose rank is regulated by comparison with rank in the Army will have the same precedence with reference to Civil Servant as is enjoyed by military officers of equivalent grades (see table of equivalent ranks given under note 9 below).
  7. Married ladies, unless by virtue of holding an appointment themselves they are entitled to a higher position in the table, shall take place according to the precedence herein assigned to their respective husbands.
  8. All other persons not mentioned in the above table will take precedence according to general usage, which is to be explained and determined by the President in case any question shall arise.

References

  1. ^ a b "Order of precedence" (PDF).
  2. ^ "সচিবের সমমর্যাদায় জেলা জজ | কালের কণ্ঠ". Kalerkantho (in Bengali). Retrieved 2019-12-10.
  3. ^ "আপিল রায় প্রকাশ: জেলা জজ ও সচিবদের মর্যাদা সমান হবে". bdnews24.com. Retrieved 2019-12-10.
  4. ^ a b "Amendment of Note 1 of Warrant of Precedence" (PDF). cabinet.gov.bd. Retrieved 2020-07-26.
  5. ^ "Govt yet to amend Warrant of Precedence". thedailystar.net. Retrieved 2020-07-26.