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FF’s children protests resume
Descendents of freedom fighters on Sunday demanded the reinstatement of 30 per cent quota privilege for them in government jobs also vowed to continue the movements until their demands were met.
They made the demand from a rally held at central Shaheed Minar in the capital under the banner of ‘Muktijuddho Mancha’, faction backed by shipping minister Shajahan Khan.
While addressing the crowd, DU teacher professor AKM Jamal Uddin, spokesperson of Muktijuddho Mancha, said that they had never thought that such an official gazette could be published, terming it as the ‘conspiracy of anti-liberation war forces’.
Rejecting the gazette notification abolishing the quota system, he further said that a vested quarter who were against the spirit of the liberation war were responsible for such a gazette.
Asibur Rahman Khan, member secretary of the platform, also son of Shajahan Khan, alleged that by scrapping the freedom fighter quota in first class and second class jobs, authorities have insulted the freedom fighters.
‘The agenda of anti-liberation forces has been implemented through the decision made upon the recommendations of cabinet secretary. We want the freedom fighter quota be reinstated and we would not leave the streets until our demands are met,’ he added.
They also announced that they would hold a rally and take position at Shahbagh on October 25 besides handing a memo to the prime minister on October 30.
Descendants of freedom fighters, members of ethnic minorities and disabled communities continued their protest demanding the cancellation of a circular that scrapped quota for Class I and Class II government jobs on October 4.
Students and jobseekers took to the streets on February 17 and continued protests for reducing quota in government jobs to 10 per cent from the existing 56 per cent, including 30 per cent for freedom fighters’ children and their grandchildren, 10 per cent for women and 10 per cent for districts, 5 per cent for ethnic minorities and 1 per cent for physically challenged people.
In the face of country-wide demonstrations staged by the general students, prime minister Sheikh Hasina on April 11 announced scrapping of the quota system in government job recruitment.
The PM however assured members of the ethnic minorities and physically-challenged people that a different arrangement would be made so that they can get government jobs.