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Quota system reform: High Court ruling appealed

  • Published at 10:17 am April 4th, 2018
Quota system reform: High Court ruling appealed
There is an appeal against the dismissal of the High Court’s ruling about reform of the quota system, Wednesday. The lawyer of the writ petitioners, Ikhlas Uddin Bhuyian, confirmed this Wednesday morning. “We have appealed against the ruling of the High Court; there is a possibility of a hearing in the chamber judge’s court in the afternoon, today,” Bhuyian said. Earlier on March 5, the High Court dismissed the appeal of the quota system reform. The ruling was given by the bench of Justice Syed Muhammad Dastagir Husain and Justice Md Ataur Rahman Khan. On January 31, a student of Dhaka University, Anisur Rahman Mir, Member Secretary of Dhaka-Cumilla Journalist Accociation and Senior Reporter of BSS, Didarul Alam, and Daily Amader Orthoneeti Senior Sub-Editor, Abdul Wadud, filed the writ. The writ said that in 1972, the government of Bangladesh ordered a 30% quota for freedom fighters and a 10% quota for victimized women (biranganas) in all government, private, quasi-government and nationalized institutions across the country. Later, the quota system was reformed several times. Currently, there is a quota for 1st and 2nd class gazette officers in the Ministry of Public Administration. A one percent quota for disabled people, 30% quota for the children and grandchildren of freedom fighters, a 10% quota for women, a 10% district quota, and a 5% quota for minorities, make up a 56% quota percentage in the BCS examinations. On the other hand, according to data published by the Bangladesh Public Service Commission (PSC), for the 21st, 22nd and 25th BCS exams, of the 30% quota reserved for freedom fighters and their progeny, only 10.8%, 2.2% and 5.2% percent of seats were filled up. The rest of the seats remained empty. The writ further said that a 2008-survey conducted by the World Bank with the help of the PSC found the quota system unconstitutional and against the law. No quota should last forever, especially since it clashed with Sections 19, 28, 29, and 29(3) of the constitution. In the writ, the cabinet secretary, the secretary to the Prime Minister, the law secretary, and the national parliament secretary were among the declared defendants. This article was first published on banglatribune.com
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