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‘Bangabandhu wanted a classless society’

  • Published at 08:53 pm August 7th, 2021
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Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Collected

Bangabandu said government employees needed to change their mentality, as they were not rulers but servants

On this day in 1975, the chairmen of the first and second public service commission, Dr AQM Buzlul Karim and Mohiuddin Ahmed,  met with Father of Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

According to the history of the public service commission, the two public service commissions were initially established in May 1972 under provisions of the President's Order No 34 of 1972. Later, in November 1977, the government promulgated another ordinance to establish a single commission in place of the existing two commissions, which came into being on December 22, 1977.

The single commission was designated as the Bangladesh Public Service Commission (BPSC).

Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman formulated the basic framework of the Bangladesh public service commission in 1972. He had wanted to establish a classless society, so he removed protection facilities for officers now known as BCS officers.

While delivering a speech on the constitution bill in parliament on November 4, 1972, Bangabandhu said: “Some people are saying that government employees’ rights are being diminished. These people should read the constitutions of other countries. Government officials are not from a different class. They are our brothers, our fathers. They are not a different class.”

“During the British regime ICS and IPS officers received protection. They used to get that protection during the Pakistan regime as well. I have struck at only that protection issue,” he added. 

“No class will prevail, because the formation of a classless society is the goal. We want to establish a classless society where everyone is equal,” Banglabandhu further said, according to the book Sheikh Mujib in Bangladesh Assembly (1972-1975), edited by Sheikh Hasina and Baby Maudud.

Bangabandu said government employees needed to change their mentality, as they were not rulers but servants.

“Some people came to me and wanted protection. I told them that the people needed protection from you gentlemen,” he said.

Government officials had the same rights as everyone else. Their salaries came from taxes paid by farmers and labourers, so they should all have the same rights, the Father of Nation added in his parliamentary address.

Bangabandhu also did away with numerous grades for bureaucrats, reducing them to just 7 grades. He highlighted the fact that many bureaucrats sat idle, and it was essential to change that part of their psychology as well.