Titumir College student Siddiqur Rahman, who lost his eyesight, has been offered a government job.
On September 14, he will receive an official appointment letter.
Siddiqur has been offered employment by pharmaceutical firm Essential Drugs Company Limited (EDCL), under the direction of Health and Family Welfare Minister Mohammad Nasim.
His family, meanwhile, has claimed permanent settlement accommodation for him along with employment.
On August 28, Siddiqur said: “Health Minister Mohammad Nasim called me and inquired about my health.
“At this point, the minister asked me to confirm my appointment at EDCL with the managing director of the company. EDCL Managing Director Professor Dr Ehsanul Kabir will appoint me as his assistant to answer his phone calls,” he added.
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Siddiqur’s nephew told the Dhaka tribune: “Two of my uncle’s friends – Belayet Hossain Rana and Sheikh Farid – and I are going to EDCL with him.”
“However, he can’t be given too much responsibility due to his eye condition. Besides, as he has not completed his graduation, this job is suitable for him,” the nephew said.
Solema Khatun, Siddiqur’s mother, said: “My son lost his vision. He cannot do much alone. If he has to live in Dhaka for the job, he will need permanent accommodation so that he does not have to live on someone's charity.”
Upon completing his degree, Siddiqur will be considered for a better position. The organisation has assured him that he will continue his education while working there, his friend Belayet said.
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Earlier, on July 20, students of seven Dhaka University affiliated government colleges were demanding that the university authorities announce the examination schedule and routine for entry to DU. During the demonstration, Siddiqur’s eyes were exposed to a teargas shell.
At first he was admitted to Dhaka Medical College Hospital. Later, he was transferred to the National Institute of Ophthalmology (NIO).
On July 27, he was sent to Chennai for further treatment, but his condition did not improve. He is now undergoing treatment at NIO.