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Job seekers stage protests for 35yr age limit
Job seekers staged protests in front of the National Press Club for raising the age limit to 35 years for entry-level government jobs after the police dispersed them from Shahbagh in Dhaka on Saturday.
Bangladesh General Students Council arranged the protests at Shahbagh in Dhaka.
Earlier in the morning, the protesters gathered in front of the National Museum, but cops asked them to leave the place as Jatiya Party led by Hussein Muhammad Ershad was holding a rally at Suhrawardy Udyan.
The protesters then brought out a procession that marched to Doyel Chattar and tried to come back to Shahbagh. Cops barred their way and disperse them from the area. Later, the protesters moved to the National Press Club and held a rally.
Addressing the rally at Shahbagh, Bangladesh General Students Council president Sanjay Kumar Das demanded that the age limit for entry-level jobs should be raised to 35 years from the existing 30 and claimed that the lengthy university courses in public institutions was delaying their graduation.
He said that a proposal for raising the age limit was raised during the 9th parliament, but did not progress further.
He said that their supporters from Cumilla, Rajshahi, Mymensingh and other districts also joined them.
Since 2012, some university and college graduates have been raising the demand.