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Quota protesters, Chhatra League rally at DU
Quota protesters on Tuesday brought out a rally on the Dhaka University campus demanding early publication of notification in line with government body’s recommendation that all quotas in Class I and Class II jobs in civil service jobs be abolished.
Bangladesh Chhatra League also held a rally on the campus under the banner of general students to welcome the recommendation.
Hundreds of students, under the banner of Bangladesh Students Right Protection Council, brought out a rally on the campus, demanding that an official notification in line with their three point demand be published immediately.
The Bangladesh Students Right Protection Council was a student platform and was leading the ongoing quota reform movement.
While addressing a rally, DU unit convener of the council Hasan Al Mamun said that the recommendation made by the government body was a positive move but they would continue the protests until the official notification on quota reformations was published.
Joint convener of the platform Nurul Huq Nur urged the government to immediately publish the notification, withdraw false cases filed against the students and ensure exemplary punishment those who had attacked platform members.
He further said that they were not holding the protests only to abolish quotas in Class I and Class II jobs but against all kinds of discrimination in government jobs.
Nur also warned that they would jointly launch tougher movements with all student organisations to press home their demands.
Nur alleged that the BCL had taken position at numerous places on the campus ahead of the council’s rally in order to prevent them from holding their programme.
When contacted, DU unit general secretary of Chhatra League Saddam Hussain said that the general students had a democratic right to hold any kind of programme on the campus and that the Chhatra League had no scheduled programme on Tuesday.
Students and jobseekers took to the streets on February 17 demanding reduction of quotas in government jobs to 10 per cent from the existing 56 per cent, including the 30 per cent reservations for freedom fighters’ families.
Jahangirnagar University and Chittagong University units of Bangladesh Students Right Protection Council also staged demonstrations on their respective campuses on Tuesday, demanding early publication of the notification.
At a rally, joint convener of the Chittagong unit of the council Md Anowar said that they would continue their movement to ensure a speedy publication of the notification.
He expressed concerns over the fact that the government had already published the circular of the 40th Bangladesh Civil Service examination without publishing the notification on quota reformations.
Earlier on Monday, the secretary-level committee led by cabinet secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam submitted its report to prime minister Sheikh Hasina after a review of the quota system and recommended that quotas in Class I and Class II government jobs be abolished.