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Foreign minister: Quota reform movement a BNP-Jamaat ploy to hurt stability

  • Published at 11:08 pm July 19th, 2018
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File photo of Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali Dhaka Tribune

He expresses disappointment at foreign missions' reaction

Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali yesterday has likened the violence centering the movement to reform the existing quota system in government recruitment to BNP-Jamaat’s post-electoral violence in 2014.

While briefing the Dhaka-based diplomatic corps at the State Guesthouse Padma, the minister said the movement is a "ploy of BNP-Jamaat" to destabilize the present stability and progress in the country, a statement issued by the Foreign Ministry stated.

In the course of discussion, the minister has also expressed his disappointment at the statements issued by some members of the diplomatic corps and missions in this regard.

Mahmood Ali said even after assurances from Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, a vested quarter hijacked the demonstrations and created anarchy in the campus.

The movement has been marred by violence and acts of terror, he said, adding that the anarchists attacked the house and family of the Vice Chancellor of Dhaka University.

The top Bangladeshi diplomat also briefed the session about the human rights situation in Bangladesh.

He reiterated that the government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is committed to protect and promote human rights in Bangladesh.

Minister Ali informed that during the third cycle of the Universal Periodic Review of the human rights situation in Bangladesh that took place in the Human Rights Council in Geneva, 105 countries joined in praising Bangladesh for various achievements and for its actions towards the promotion and protection of human rights.

He said the government has been making remarkable progress in socio-economic field, citing the UN secretary-general’s remark that Bangladesh is an "economic miracle," during the latter’s visit to Bangladesh recently.

Minister Ali said Bangladesh was currently facing a formidable challenge of hosting 1.1 million forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals.

"We are trying to ensure their safe and sustainable return to Myanmar. We strived to create a democratic, multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, multi-religious, peaceful and prosperous country," he added.

While briefing the diplomatic corps, he said the quota system was introduced in 1972 as an affirmative action to promote inclusive representation of people of various social, economic and cultural backgrounds in government jobs.

He added that quota for women, persons with disabilities, ethnic and religious minorities and descendants of freedom fighters were introduced to promote opportunities for marginalized groups of the society.

Nonetheless, he said, majority of personnel recruited through the BCS examination system are appointed from the merit list.

In the 33rd BCS exam held in 2012, personnel recruited through merit was 77.4%; in the 35th BCS held in 2015, it was 63.69% and in the 36th BCS held in 2016, it was 70.38%, he said.