Quota system is hindering creation of discrimination free society: GM Quader



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Quota system is hindering creation of discrimination free society: GM Quader

Quota system is hindering creation of discrimination free society: GM Quader

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Opposition Leader of Jatiya Sangsad and Jatiya Party Chairman Gholam Mohammad Quader commented that the creation of a discrimination-free society is being hindered by the quota system in the job in the name of the spirit of liberation war. He said that the quota of a large number of jobs for the generation after the liberation war has been fixed forever. I believe that it hinders the formation of a justice-based society without discrimination, which is the main objective of freedom.

He said these things in the closing speech of the first budget session of the 12th JS on Wednesday (July 3). Speaker Dr. Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury presided over the session.

GM Quader said that we should not forget that the people of this country are ready to accept any sacrifice and go to any stage to win the struggle against discrimination. Our main achievement in the freedom struggle is the constitution; it talks about equality of opportunity. Our Shaheed Minar is a symbol of sacrifice in the struggle for freedom from discrimination. Our national memorial is a symbol of our commitment to build a just and fair country.

On the quota system, the opposition leader said that till 2018, there would be 56 percent  of recruitment in first class, second class, third class and fourth class in government jobs. Out of this, a 30 per cent quota is reserved for freedom fighters, 10 per cent for women, 10 per cent for residents of backward districts, 5 per cent for people belonging to minority castes and one per cent for disabled people. The remaining 44 percent were recruited on merit. In 2018, the demand of the students was to cancel the quota of freedom fighters only from 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th class in government jobs. In the wake of the movement, the Ministry of Public Administration issued a circular canceling all the quota system in the recruitment of 1st and 2nd class. But in class III and IV, quota system remains as before.

Opposition leader GM Quader said that in 2021, the children of some freedom fighters filed a petition in the High Court challenging the part of the freedom fighter quota cancellation in the circular. The court announced the judgment of the writ on June 5. There, the cancellation of the section reserved for freedom fighters by the public administration was declared illegal. As a result, under the banner of anti-discrimination student movement, job aspirants and ordinary students are again coming to the field to demand the reinstatement of the circular issued by the government which is creating a new crisis.

Criticizing the effort to evict the Mironzillah Harijan sweeper colony in Ward No. 33 of Old Dhaka, GM Quader said that some houses were demolished by the Dhaka South City Corporation to evict the Harijans. Children lay on the streets while other houses were demolished. They were then threatened to demolish more houses later. Those working in the city corporation will be sacked.

He said, the purpose of this eviction is to build a market there. Eviction without resettlement of these families living since the British period is very inhumane. Evicting the neglected, helpless, untouchable families from their homesteads for the purpose of building a market at this moment will tarnish the image of not only the government but the nation. He requested the intervention of the Prime Minister to stop their eviction without rehabilitation and to improve their living standards.

Highlighting the information of the 2023 report of the United States' Report on International Religious Freedom, the JP chairman said that torture and harassment of minorities has not stopped yet. The report expressed concern over the use of digital security laws to oppress religious minorities in Bangladesh. Harassment is being used against members of the minority community for allegedly hurting the religious sentiments of the Muslim community. He urged the government to take necessary steps to stop torture and harassment. 

BNP extends support to student's shutdown program



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The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) has expressed its support for a total shutdown across the country on Thursday (July 18) to demand quota reforms in government jobs.

Didar Hasan, a member of BNP's media wing, gave this information in a press release on Thursday (July 18) at 12:15 p.m.

Didar Hasan said that 7 people were martyred in the violent attack of the police and the armed Chhatra League on the peaceful movement of the students. Apart from this, many people were injured in the massive attack by RAB, Police, BGB and SWAT on the protesting ordinary students even today. According to the decision taken by the BNP National Standing Committee meeting today in this despicable bloody incident, full support has been given to the 'Complete Shutdown' program called by the anti-discrimination student movement tomorrow on July 18 for the logical demand of quota reform in government jobs.

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Hundreds of cocktails were recovered in raids at BNP's Nayapaltan office, 7 detained



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More than 100 cocktails and firearms have been recovered from the central office of BNP in Nayapaltan of the capital. Meanwhile, Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DB) arrested seven people, including the former president of Chhatra Dal, Shravan.

DMP Additional Commissioner of Police (Detective) Mohammad Haroon Or Rashid told reporters after the raid on Tuesday (July 16).

The DB chief claimed that more than a hundred cocktails, seven domestic and foreign weapons, and more than 500 batons were seized in a raid at the BNP central office. Seven people including the former president of Chhatra Dal were arrested.

Haroon said that the BNP central office was raided keeping a close eye on the ongoing quota reform movement and a group is trying to take it to a different direction.

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The Anti-Liberation forces have fueled the quota movement: Quader?



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Awami League General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader said in a statement that the spirit of the Great Liberation War and Anti-Liberation forces have influenced the quota reform movement.

He said this in a statement sent to the media by Awami League office secretary Biplab Barua on Friday (July 12).

Awami League General Secretary said that the Appellate Division has given a stay order of four weeks on the judgment of the High Court Division of the Supreme Court regarding reservation of quota in government jobs. After this order of the Appellate Division, the judgment of the High Court Division has no effect at present. Still, there is no justification for the students' movement to continue. The spirit of the Great War of Liberation and the evil forces against freedom has filled this movement.

Questioning against whom the students will protest, the Bridges Minister said, the order of the Supreme Court's Appellate Division is in their favor. The continuation of the movement after this proves that some group or faction is instigating the movement to achieve a political objective. If the students continue this movement, the suffering of the common people will increase. Public suffering is being created. If the people become hostage to this movement, they will lose confidence in the young students. A certain political faction is trying to gain advantage by creating conflict between students and people.

He said, "We do not believe that all sensible students want to ignore the directives of the highest court of the country." Only those who are politically motivated are trying to show force by ignoring the court's directives.

Obaidul Quader said that whenever there is any movement, BNP-Jamaat and their allies use it as a tool and they are consumed by the nightmare of coming to power. Now they are trying to build on the quota movement because people have no confidence in them. When they were in power they turned Bangladesh into a failed state through corruption, looting, terrorism and extremism.

He said that BNP’s convicted fugitive leader Tariq Rahman institutionalized corruption by opening Hawa Bhaban. Thousands of crores of money are illegally smuggled out of the country and live a luxurious life in London. He has no relation with the common people of the country. BNP has been rejected by the people time and again due to the non-politicos of this corrupt leadership. They could not succeed in any anti-government movement. Therefore, whenever a non-political movement is organized, BNP tries to politicize it by capitalizing it.

Obaidul Quader said, Awami League is always sincere towards the logical demands of the people of the country. No logical demand was ever ignored by the Awami League. Bangladesh Awami League is always working towards the construction of a prosperous state by embracing the hopes and aspirations of the people.

Calling upon the young students, Awami League General Secretary said, you will not be abused as someone's political tool. At the final hearing, the counsel for the agitators has the opportunity to present further arguments. The highest court of the country will settle the matter through the final hearing. The court will take into account the grievances of the protesting students during the final hearing and give a realistic final judgment and the matter will be settled.

Calling upon the agitators to be patient, he said, I request them to avoid all such programs that may cause suffering to the people and return to their educational institutions as per the court's instructions.

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Khaleda Zia's life is under threat: Fakhrul



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BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said that former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia's life is in danger, she has many ailments which we have repeatedly highlighted to the nation. But the government did not care.

Mirza Fakhrul said these things to the journalists after seeing Khaleda Zia in the hospital on Monday (July 8) afternoon and came to the chairperson's office in Gulshan.

Earlier, after a week of returning home with a pacemaker implanted in the heart, she was again admitted to Evercare Hospital on Monday morning. She is undergoing treatment in the cabin under the close supervision of the medical board.

BNP Secretary General said, now it has become a national demand that the BNP leader should be released unconditionally. The injustice being done to her is extreme injustice. She is being deliberately held to death due to political vendetta.

Fakhrul said, today she came to the hospital, she has to come suddenly. You see, she had to come to the hospital a few days ago. Constantly very complicated diseases attack her. We have repeatedly said that she needs to be treated in a multi-disciplinary medical center abroad. But unfortunately they (government) are not releasing Begum Khaleda Zia because of political revenge.

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