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BB under fire over discriminatory clause in job circulars

  • Published at 11:28 pm December 6th, 2019
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The first circular was published on November 27 and the second on December 1 for the posts of Officer (ex cadre-publication) and Assistant Director (general side) respectively

The central bank has been garnering criticism for mentioning a controversial clause in two of its recent job circulars.

According to clause no. 14 of both the circulars, a married female applicant must mention the permanent address of her husband as her own.

The first circular was published on November 27 and the second on December 1 for the posts of Officer (ex cadre-publication) and Assistant Director (general side) respectively. 

The human resources department of Bangladesh Bank (BB) published the notifications signed by it's by General Manager Noor-Un-Nahar. 

Women right activist Marzia Prova said the clause has been in place for decades.

“Continuation of an age-old clause reflects that the society still believes in a patriarchal culture. However, when the government is focused on establishing gender equality, the clause seems neither realistic nor contextual,” she added.

The activist questioned why gender discrimination would be given priority in terms of the identity of a job-seeker, instead of her eligibility. 

Saying that there is no point of mentioning family background in the application form, Prova furthered: “Female aspirants should be employed based on her eligibility and academic excellence.” 

Expressing disappointment over the issue, Ain O Shalish Kendra (ASK) Executive Director Sheepa Hafiza said: “Such a clause could never be acceptable when women’s empowerment in the country is highly insisted.”

“Being an individual institute, the authority should amend it much earlier since it is a personal choice of for a female applicant whether she opts to mention her husband’s addresses as her own,” she added.

BB says mentioning husband’s address not mandatory

When contacted, the bank's Serajul Islam said they did not see the issue as an “injustice” to the aspirants as the clause was included following an age-old rule set by the government. 

He claimed that the way the clause is being interpreted is nothing but a wrong perception. 

“Mentioning the address is not mandatory for getting a job,” Serajul said, adding that the female candidates can still use their present address. 

The process of getting a job will not be hampered if a female applicant mentions irrespective of her relationship with the in-laws, he added. 

"Plus, there is always a chance to change the address and no appointment would be stopped for the change," the BB spokesperson said. 

The clause was included to determine her district from all possible options that she might prefer, he said.

If anyone has any problem, he/she can contact the authority or write an application to make a consideration, he added.

“But as it draws attention hugely, we will request the related department to take steps in accordance with the applicants’ demands,” he said.