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‘No land, no job policy’ irks HC

A top candidate for a police constable job was recently denied the post because she lacked a permanent address

Update : 06 Jan 2022, 11:09 AM

The High Court has expressed dissatisfaction as Meem Akhter, a girl from Khulna district, did not get a police job for not having a permanent address even though she topped the merit list in a police recruitment test.  

The bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Md Mostafizur Rahman on Tuesday expressed their displeasure when advocate Chanchal Kumar Biswas and advocate Anisur Rahman drew the attention of the apex court towards Meem’s situation through reports in various newspapers.  

The High Court also asked Deputy Attorney General Bipul Bagmar to inform the court in detail about Meem, her family, and the recruitment test by Wednesday.  

In its observation, the HC said: “Why shouldn't a candidate get a job for not having a land? This cannot be. The girl has topped the merit list! Every year, some 2,000 people fall prey to river erosion and become landless. Should they not get jobs for this reason?”  

According to media reports, Meem Akhter, daughter of Rabiul Islam, is a tenant of Babar Ali’s house in Sonadanga area of Khulna.

Rabiul supports his family by selling quilts at a rented shop in Khulna city, and has been living in the area for nearly 32 years with his family.  

On October 28, Meem passed the written test and then the viva voce as well as the psychological test at Khulna Shiromoni Police Lines for a constable post. She placed first among female candidates from the district, but she did not get the job for not having a permanent address.  

Khulna Additional Superintendent of Police Tanvir Ahmed was reported to have informed Meem that she would not get the job for not having a permanent address.

 Later, different newspapers ran stories on the Meem’s case, sparking public outcry.  

Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Maniruzzaman Talukdar earlier said: “Meem has no permanent residence in Khulna and that is why she is ineligible for a police constable job.”    

However, he said they have taken an initiative to provide her with a house in Batiaghata upazila under the Prime Minister's Asrayan Project. “We hope, now she will now get the job.”

According to the World Bank, the unemployment rate in Bangladesh increased to 5.3% in 2020 from 4.2% in 2019.

The unemployment rate is expected to reach 6% by the end of 2021.

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