Appoint 5 candidates with disabilities as BCS cadres: HC

31 Oct,2017


Dhaka, BdChronicle:

The High Court on Monday asked the authorities concerned to appoint within 60 days five candidates with disabilities who had come out successful in the 34th Bangladesh Civil Service examination.

Following a writ petition filed by the five examinees, an HC bench of Justice Gobinda Chandra Tagore and Justice AKM Shahidul Huq also declared a government order to recruit 1 percent competent persons with disabilities for the first and second class government jobs from any of the existing quotas if candidates against those are not found as illegal, illogical and discriminatory.

Barrister ABM Siddiqur Rahman Khan and Barrister M Shafiqul Islam argued for the petitioners while M Khalequzzaman stood for the Bangladesh Public Service Commission.

On January 12, 2012, the Public Administration Ministry took some decisions about keeping aside 1 percent quota for the persons with disabilities in the BCS cadre services and first and second class government jobs.

According to a decision, 1 percent quota for persons with disabilities can be reserved for first and second class jobs at government, autonomous and semi-autonomous organisations and different corporations.

As per another decision, if sufficient candidates are not found against any of the existing quotas, 1 percent competent persons with disabilities can be recruited against this quota.

Five candidates with disabilities, including SM Zahidul Islam and Abid Hossain, who passed the 34th BCS examination filed the writ petition with the High Court challenging the second decision.

On November 16, 2015, the HC issued a rule in this regard and Monday’s order came after the final hearing on the rule.

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