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BNP to restore freedom fighter, indigenous community quota in govt jobs

  • Published at 01:21 pm December 18th, 2018
File photo: Members of Muktijoddhar Santan Command and Muktijoddhar Paribar gathered at the Shahbagh and blockaded the busy road on Thursday, October 4, 2018 Courtesy

If elected, the party claims it will also retain the quota for women in government jobs

BNP has pledged to retain the quota for freedom fighters, indigenous communities, and women, for government jobs; if they come to power.

The party’s Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir announced this while reading out the party’s manifesto for the upcoming general election, at a hotel in Dhaka, on Tuesday.

The quota system was abolished on October 4 this year for class-I and class-II jobs in the civil service; amid protest movements by students across the country.

The Awami League-led government, in a circular, announced that candidates will be recruited for jobs of grade-9 (class-I) and grade-10 to 13 (class-II)—in all government departments, autonomous or semi-autonomous institutions, and corporations— on a merit-basis only.

Before this abolition, about 56% of jobs were reserved for candidates fulfilling various quotas including: 30% for freedom fighters' children and grandchildren, 10% for women, 10% for those from underdeveloped districts, 5% for members of indigenous communities, and 1% for physically-challenged.

Anti-quota demonstrators took to the streets in February this year. The protest movement intensified in April as thousands of job seekers and students joined-in nationwide. On April 11 in parliament, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina announced, during the protests, that all quota privileges would be scrapped.

However, as no gazette notification was issued, the students returned to the streets. Classes and examinations were boycotted in universities and colleges. A number of quota reform activists were arrested during the protests.

In the last week of June, and first of July, Bangladesh Chhatra League activists attacked protesters in Dhaka and Rajshahi; which intensified the movement.