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Organisers call off quota reform protests


Thursday 12 April, 2018 11:44:18 am

Organisers call off quota reform protests

Leaders of Bangladesh General Students' Rights Protection Forum, the leading banner of the quota movement, addressing a press conference at Dhaka University Central Library premises on Wednesday. Photo: UNB/Wahida Zaman Shithi

Dhaka, Apr 12 (UNB) – Bangladesh General Students' Rights Protection Council on Thursday announced to stay all their protest programmes in response to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s decision to cancel all quotas for government jobs.

The announcement came from a press conference at the foot of Raju Sculptor in the Dhaka University campus around 11:30 am. 

Convener of the council Hasan Al Mamun read out the press note before the media.

The decision was taken after the prime minister’s announcement was discussed by the protesters overnight, he said.

Nurul Haq, joint convener of the council branded Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina as a ‘Mother of Education’ while speaking at the press briefing.

A cheerful rally was brought out at the DU campus after the briefing.

They also placed fresh five-point demands including immediate publication of gazette notification by abolishing quota system in government job, withdrawal of cases filed against demonstrators across the country, providing compensation to the injured, taking punitive action against the policemen who attacked demonstrators and refrain from threatening or harassing student who took part in the movement. 

Earlier, demonstrators thronged at the foot of Raju Sculptor in the morning to give their reaction over the issue.

On Wednesday evening, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina announced that there will be no quota system in government jobs.

After the announcement, Bangladesh General Students' Rights Protection Council on Wednesday announced to halt their movement until Thursday morning and disclose their decision over it in a press conference in the morning.

On February 17, students and jobseekers started the movement to press for their five-point demand that include introduction of unified age limit in government jobs, review of quota system in government recruitment process, including Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) examination, stopping taking benefit by job seekers under the same quota, filling vacant posts from merit list if the candidates from quota are not found and fixation of 10 percent quota instead of existing 56 percent.