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BCL, quota protesters hold counter programmes at DU

DU Correspondent
BCL, quota protesters hold counter programmes at DU

Quota protesters and ruling Awami League-backed student organization Chhatra League on Tuesday held counter-programmes at Dhaka University over a government panel’s recommendation favouring the abolition of the quota system for Class-I and Class-II jobs in the civil service. Hundreds of students under the banner Bangladesh Students Right Protection Council, platform which spearheads the ongoing quota reforms movement in government services, brought out a rally in the DU area, demanding the immediate publication of a gazette notification in line with their three-point demands.

Meanwhile, a group of BCL men under the banner of general students also brought out a rally at the same time, hailing the government body’s recommendation of quota abolition for Class-I and Class-II jobs in civil service, and tried to block quota protesters’ programme.

While addressing a rally, Nurul Huq Nur, joint convener of Students Right Protection Council, urged the government to publish the gazette notification as soon as possible, withdraw false cases against the students and ensure exemplary punishment to attackers.

He further said that they were not merely protesting to abolish the quota system for Class-I and Class-II jobs in civil service but against all kind of discrimination in government jobs.

Nur also warned that they would launch a tougher movement jointly with all student organizations to press home their demands.

Platform convener Hasan Al Mamun said that recommendation for the abolition of the quota system for Class I and Class II government jobs was positive, but they would continue their stir until the gazette notification was published.

When contacted, Saddam Hussain, general secretary of the DU Chapter of Chhatra League, said that general students had the democratic right to hold any programme, though, organizationally, Chhatra League had no programme today (Tuesday).

Earlier, on Monday, the secretary-level committee for review of quota system led by cabinet secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam submitted its report to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, recommending the abolition of quotas in the recruitment of Class I and Class II civil servants.

Students and jobseekers took to the streets on February 17 and staged continual protests, demanding the reduction of quotas in government jobs to 10 per cent from the existing 56 per cent.

 

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