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EC's Grade 3 workers dissatisfied over promotion quotas

  • Published at 09:03 pm July 22nd, 2018
File photo of Bangladesh Election Commission secretariat Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

The employees also submitted an application to the Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda.

The Grade 3 workers of Election Commission have expressed their dissatisfaction over revised promotion rules that allegedly favor new recruits over current employees.

The Election Commission recently amended the rules for promotion from Grade 3 to Grade 2 posts.

According to the revised procedure, one-third of the posts for the appointment of assistant upazila election officers will be filled through promotions, and the remaining two-thirds will be filled directly through recruitment.

In the past, two-thirds of the available Grade 2 positions were allocated to Grade 3 employees. As the quota for Grade 2 employees has now been decreased, there is dissatisfaction among the employees.

A Grade 3 employee, requesting anonymity, told the Dhaka Tribune: “The Grade 3 employees have been demanding the reinstatement of the previous percentage of posts allotted for them before the Election Commission amended the recruitment procedure.”

The employees also submitted an application to the Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda.

According to Election Commission sources, there are 1,741 people currently working in Grade 3 posts.

A Grade 3 employee of the Election Commission, seeking anonymity, said: “Most Grade 3 employees were recruited during the BNP-Jamaat led government.”

He further said: “Since the Awami League came to power, several attempts were taken to discharge them from their jobs. Many have left and the ones still working are deprived of promotion.”

Another employee said they did not get any promotions despite fulfilling all the conditions to be eligible for promotion. “All current employees are qualified and tested,” he added.