POST TIME: 12 September, 2018 00:00 00 AM
PSC to apply latest govt decision on quota

PSC to apply latest govt 
decision on quota

The Public Service Commission (PSC) yesterday published the circular for the 40th Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) exams, saying it would follow the government’s decision on the quota policy while formulating the final recommendations for the posts. As per the circular, a total of 1,903 cadres would be recruited through the exams. Online application will begin from September 30 and continue till November 15. The details of the circular have been published on the commission's website (www.bpsc.gov.bd).

“As the quota policy for recruitment in government services is under scrutiny, we don’t know when it would be reshaped. We, however, cannot sit idle. So, we've published the circular mentioning that the government’s last decision on the quota policy would be followed while formulating the final recommendations against the posts,” BPSC chairman Dr Muhammed Sadique told The Independent yesterday.

According to the existing quota system, 55 per cent of the posts should be quota-based in the BCS exams and the rest are open for merit-based selection. Among the quotas, 30 per cent is for freedom fighters’ children and grandchildren, 10 per cent for women, 10 per cent for district quotas and 5 per cent for indigenous communities.

For a long time, job-seekers have been demanding for reformation of the quota system.  This has led to violent movements in different times. Quota reformists are still continuing their movement on the issue and demanding to settle the matter. Even Prime minister Sheikh Hasina talked about the quota system for government jobs in Parliament.

The matter is now under the scrutiny of the government’s highest body, but it is still not clear what would happen with it.

Our Dhaka University Correspondent adds: Quota reformists leaders yesterday issued an ultimatum to the government to publish the gazette of quota reforms before the release of the circular on the 40th BCS exams. Otherwise, they would wage a tougher movement, they said.

However, the circular was published despite their threats.

Bin Yeamin Mollah, a joint convener of the Bangladesh General Students’ Rights Protection Council, came up with the ultimatum at a press briefing in front of the central library of Dhaka University (DU) at 11 am. “If the government doesn’t take the matter of quota reforms seriously and shows negligence in issuing a gazette in this regard,  students will again stage protest programmes and force the government to comply with their demand,” he said.

He also said job-seekers are frustrated as five months have passed since Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's statement in Parliament about the gazette. But there has been no new development in this regard, he added.

As per the circular, there will be 200 posts for administration, 72 for police, 25 for foreign affairs, 24 for taxation, 32 for customs and excise, and the rest  for other cadres including education.

“The current commission has been conducting more than one BCS examinations simultaneously. It's very encouraging for job seekers. There has been  renewed interest in sitting for the BCS exams," said the PSC chairman. If candidates clearing the BCS exams do not get cadre posts, there are opportunities for non-cadre posts, he added.

The BCS exams will be held in eight divisions. All candidates will complete the online form and pay fees to complete the registration for the exams.