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Students with disabilities want 5% quota for them

  • Published at 01:29 am October 15th, 2018
Disabled students blockade the Shahbagh intersection demanding 5% quota in government jobs on Sunday, October 14, 2018 <strong>Focus Bangla</strong>
A group of students with disabilities blockaded the Shahbagh intersection demanding 5% quota for them in government jobs on Sunday, October 14, 2018 Focus Bangla

They made the demands during their demonstration held under the banner of Bangladesh Protibondhi Shikkharthi Oikya Parishad

A group of students with disabilities on Sunday staged a sit-in at Dhaka’s Shahbagh intersection to press for their 11-point charter of demands, including keeping aside 5% quota for them in government jobs.

They made the demands during their demonstration held under the banner of Bangladesh Protibondhi Shikkharthi Oikya Parishad, reports UNB.

The students with disabilities also threatened to continue their movement until the government took effective steps to meet their demands.

Their other demands include publishing gazette on keeping aside 5% quota for them in first and second class government jobs, introducing a separate ministry for people with disabilities, establishing a National Disability Directorate and relaxing the age limit for entry into government and private jobs as per the Persons with Disabilities Rights and Protection Act 2013.

Earlier this month, the Cabinet abolished the quota system for the first and second class government jobs following months of mass protests by general students and jobseekers.

However, the decision sparked other protests by groups, including the descendants of the freedom fighters and students with disabilities, which have been enjoying the quota facilities till now.