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Quota reform: Descendants of freedom fighters threaten tougher movement

  • Published at 10:49 pm September 24th, 2018
Muktijoddha Sangsad Sontan Command
Leaders of Muktijoddha Sangsad Sontan Command Dhaka University unit speak at a press briefing, held at Dhaka University Journalists’ Association office on Monday, September 24, 2018 Dhaka Tribune

"Recommendation to abolish the privilege is pathetic and it is humiliation for the descendants of freedom fighters'


Muktijoddha Sangsad Sontan Command Dhaka University unit, an organization of the children of freedom fighters, threatened the government with tougher agitation if recommendation to abolish quota privilege of government jobs is passed in the cabinet.

They announced the program at a press briefing held at Dhaka University Journalists’ Association office on Monday.

Terming it as ‘anti-liberation war spirit’ General Secretary of the organization Al Mamun said recommendation to abolish the privilege is pathetic and it is humiliation for the descendants of freedom fighters.

Mamun also demanded full implementation of quota system, law to safeguard the freedom fighters family and punishment of those who made derogatory remarks on prime minister and freedom fighters.

They program included submitting a memorandum to the prime minister on September 30 and holding a mass rally at Shahbagh intersection in the capital to press home their demands.

On September 17, a high-level government committee led by Cabinet Secretary M Shafiul Alam, recommended abolishing the quota system for class-I and class-II jobs in civil service which comes in the wake of months-long quota reform demonstrations.

Students and jobseekers took to the streets on February 17 and continued protests for reducing the quota in government jobs to 10% from the existing 56%, including 30% for freedom fighters’ children and their grandchildren, 10% for women and 10% for districts, 5% for ethnic minorities and 1% for physically challenged people.

In the face of country-wide demonstrations staged by the general students, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on April 11 decided to scrap the quota system in government job recruitment.

The prime minister, however, on July 12 citing a High Court order said it was not possible to reform the freedom fighters' quota.