Dhaka – The government has abolished the existing job quota system in public services as the students across Bangladesh demonstrated demanding reforms in the system for the last four days.
“There is no need for quota,” Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina told parliament in reply to a question from a ruling party lawmaker.
Since the students demonstrate and took to the street for reforms in the system, there is no need for such quota, said Hasina calling the students to return to the classroom.
The announcement came amid students’ demonstration across Bangladesh demanding reforms in the quota system.
Tens of thousands of students from both public and private universities took to the street to demand that the existing 54 per cent jobs reserved for certain quarters must be reformed to a logical level.
There was quota for freedom fighters and their dependants, women, ethnic minorities and people from the back-warded districts. Only 44 per cent of the jobs were open for competition based on merit.
The students launched the demonstration on Sunday and they blocked the roads and highways in districts and staged sit-in in the capital Dhaka to press home their demands.
A group of unidentified people also vandalised the home of the Dhaka University vice chancellor on the night of Sunday when the students were staging demonstration on the Dhaka University campus.
While announcing, the Prime Minister seemed a little angry, said the students movements have caused suffering to the people of the country. “I don’t want repetition of such agitation, let there be no quota.”
But she said the cases of the physically challenged persons and the ethnic minorities will be taken care of in a different way.
The Prime Minister also condemned the attack on the VC holes and asked the students to help the investigators to find the culprits who carried out the mayhem at the dead of night.