Quota reform demonstrators occupy Shahbagh intersection

Kalerkantho Online   

14 May, 2018 18:54 PM

Quota reform demonstrators occupy Shahbagh intersection

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The job seekers, who have been observing a strike demanding the issuance of gazette on quota abolishing, blocked the Shahbagh intersection this afternoon. 

Thousands of protesters earlier in the day brought out a procession from in front of the Dhaka University Central Library. Later, they stopped at the Shahbagh intersection and staged a sit-in around 1pm.

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Shahbagh Police Station SI Imrul Shaheed said: "The road blocked caused immense sufferings to the people in the area. Police are trying to remove them from the street." 

The job seekers have begun their scheduled strikes for an indefinite period demanding the issuance of gazette notification by abolishing quota system in government jobs, boycotting all classes and examinations in all universities and colleges across the country.

The quota reform protestors have given the government an ultimatum to publish a gazette notification by abolishing quota system in the government recruitment processes by yesterday afternoon.

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As no response was found from the government part in this connection, the students and the job seekers have started their pre-scheduled programme around 10am today.

The job seekers had demanded reformation of the existing quota system in BCS (Bangladesh Civil Service) and other government recruitment processes in the country under the banner of "Bangladesh Shadharan Chhatra Odhikar Sangrakkhan Parishad".

During their recent movement in the capital, they have placed a five-point demand, including reducing the allocation of quota privileges to 10 percent from the existing 56 percent in the government recruitment processes.

The five-point demands are- reduction of quota down to 10 percent from existing 56 percent; recruitment of candidates on the basis of merit if eligible candidates with quota privilege cannot be found; no more special recruitment exam for the candidates eligible for quota; uniform age limit for all in government jobs and prevention of all forms of discrimination in the recruitment process.

On April 12, the protesters called off the demonstration after Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina announced to abolish quota system from the public recruitment.

They announced the fresh programmes as no updates regarding the publication of gazette is available.