POST TIME: 6 March, 2018 00:00 00 AM
HC rejects writ against job quota

HC rejects writ against job quota

The High Court yesterday rejected a writ petition filed seeking cancellation of quota system in government and semi-government services. “Keeping the quota system is a policy decision of the government,” the HC bench comprising Justice Syed Muhammad Dastagir Husain and Justice Md Ataur Rahman Khan said while rejecting a writ petition that sought cancellation of the system in the government service.

The HC also said that the petitioners were not the victim of the existing quota system, but disagreed with it. However, Advocate Aklas Uddin Bhuiyan, counsel for the petitioners, told reporters that they would file an appeal  with the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court against

the High Court order. The government introduced 30 per cent quota for the Freedom Fighters and 10 per cent for the victimized women on November 05 in 1972, applicable for the government, private, defense, semi-government and nationalized institutions. The quota system was reformed and changed later.

On January 31 this year, Dhaka University student Anisur Rahman Mir, Member Secretary of Comilla Journalists’ Association Didarul Alam and Senior Sub-editor of daily Amader Orthoneeti Abdul Wadud filed a writ petition with the HC challenging the legality of the quota system in the government service.

In the petition, they prayed to the HC to direct the government to re-evaluate the quota system, describing it as discriminatory and contrary to the constitution. The petitioners said the constitution does not allow any discrimination.

The petitioners also said the quota system in the civil service is against the provisions of articles 19, 28 and 29 of the constitution, which ensure equal opportunities for all citizens.

Cabinet secretary, secretary to the Prime Minister’s Office, secretary of Parliament Secretariat, public administration secretary and Public Service Commission chairman were made defendants in the petition. Deputy attorney general Amit Talukder represented the state during the hearing on the petition.