Students’ ultimatum for publishing gazette on quota reforms
April 26th, 2018 at 3:31 pm
Students’ ultimatum for publishing gazette on quota reforms

Dhaka – Students have once again asked the government to make an official announcement on reforms in job quota in public services by the end of this month, or face yet another round of street agitations.

“We will have to wage a tougher movement if the government fails to publish a gazette notification on job-quota by April 30,” said one of the students who led a countrywide agitation earlier this month that prompted Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to announce an end of job quota system.

The students demand came at a press conference organised at the Dhaka University campus on Thursday.

Earlier on April 12, the Prime Minister announced in parliament that there would be no job quota in public services as the students demanded reforms in the quota, 56 per cent of which was reserved for different groups while the rest came based on the merit.

The countrywide student demonstration was spontaneous. But police filed cases against some of the leading students as the residence of the Dhaka University vice chancellor was attacked at some point in the night of agitation.

Three students were picked up by the detectives from Dhaka University campus and later released. But the cases against them remained pending.

The students at Thursday’s press conference urged the law enforcement agencies to lift the cases in seven days. They also called the investigators to find the real culprits, who carried out the attacks on the VC Bungalow, and bring them to justice.