Panel recommends ‘no quota’ for Class I and II public jobs  
September 17th, 2018 at 4:16 pm
Panel recommends ‘no quota’ for Class I and II public jobs  

Dhaka – A panel formed to review the existing quota system in the public jobs has recommended elimination of the quota in the higher level jobs in the public service.

Class I and Class II jobs in the government service are suggested to be filled based on merit, M Shafiul Alam, secretary to the cabinet division, told reporters in Dhaka on Monday.

A gazette notification is likely to be published, subject to the approval to the re commendations by the cabinet, next week, the official said.

The government formed the committee on July 2 after students across Bangladesh protested the existing 56 per cent public jobs reserved for various sections of people, including the heirs of the freedom fighters.

Alam headed the seven-member committee.

The cabinet secretary on August 13 hinted that the committee suggested abolishment of almost all quotas in the civil service. The committee was in view to fulfill the positions from among the candidates who remain top on the merit list.

Tens of thousands of students from public and private universities took to the streets in April this year demanding reforms in the quota system.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on April 11, amidst the mass protest, announced in parliament that there would be no quota.

Based on her announcement, a committee was assigned to look into the quota system to make it rational. The committee was initially asked to report back in 15 working days. But it was allowed 90 working days to complete the task.