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Quota protesters to enforce 2hr strike at colleges, universities Sunday

  • Published at 05:41 pm May 12th, 2018
  • Last updated at 06:16 pm May 12th, 2018
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File photo: Students seeking reformation of the quota scheme in government jobs demonstrate at TSC intersection of Dhaka University on April 10, 2018 Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had announced that there would be no quotas in government jobs

Quota protestors will observe a two-hour strike in all colleges and universities across the country on Sunday after their 24-hour ultimatum to the government for publishing a gazette abolishing the quota system expired on Thursday.

Bangladesh General Students Rights Protection Alliance convener Hasan Al Mamun on Saturday made the announcement at a press briefing on the Dhaka University campus.

He said the two-hour strike will start from 11am.

After three days of intense protests by students and job seekers against quotas in government jobs, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on April 11 announced that the system will be scrapped.

The protesters on Wednesday gave a 24-hour ultimatum for a gazette notification officially abolishing the system.

They had also threatened to wage a tougher movement from Sunday if their demand was not met.

A Public Administration Ministry official said the government would form a committee within three days in line with the prime minister’s directive.

The ministry’s Senior Secretary Md Mozammel Haque Khan said they would issue the gazette based on the decisions and recommendations made by the committee.