Monday, November 19, 2018 | ePaper
Solve quota issue first and then announce fresh recruitment
News media reported that the agitating students have decided to wage fresh movement to meet their demands. The students placed a three-point demand including withdrawal of all cases against the quota reformists, publication of the gazette notification and ensuring punishment of those who attacked quota reformists. In April, students of public and private universities across the country took to the streets demanding reforms in the quota system. They blocked key points in the capital and roads and highways elsewhere. In the wake of mass protests, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on April 11 announced in Parliament scrapping of the quota systems. On July 2, the government formed a seven-member committee to "review reform or cancel" the quota system and it was asked to submit a report within 15 workings days. At present, about 56 percent of government jobs are reserved for candidates from various quotas.
When the government forms committee for suggesting the government over quota reform, issuing new circular could cause ignition just before the national election. We must say the new circular without fixing the burning question is ridiculous and provocative to students who demand for reform the discriminatory 56 percent quota in civil service entry.