Physically challenged people demand 5 pc quota
Physically challenged people on Thursday demanded five percent quota privilege in Class I and II jobs for them, which was one per cent before the abolishment of quota.
Physically disabled people made the demand at a rally under the banner of Bangladesh Pratibandhi Shikkharthi Oikkya Parishad, and also blocked Shahbagh intersection in the city which caused traffic congestion in the morning.
When they blocked Shahbagh intersection they chanted slogans-- ‘Publish gazette according to physically challenged people protection law 2013’, ‘physically disable people quota wanted in Bangabandhu’s Banglai’, and ‘preserve quota for physically challenged people’.
They also placed eleven-point demand at the rally that includes- five percent quota privilege in Class I and II government jobs, enacting such quota from preliminary exam, including physically challenged people’s representative in government policy making position, forming physically challenged affairs ministry and extending ten minutes additional time in job tests.
Ali Hossain, convener of the platform said, ‘Publish gazette notification with five percent quota privilege for physically disabled people’.
He said that they would continue their protests until the demands are met, and the gazette notification abolishing quota is withdrawn.
Bangladesh Chhatra League general secretary Golam Rabbani expressed solidarity with them and said, ‘I express my solidarity with the society’s backward peoples’ demand which is constitutional rights and will talk with prime minister about their demand.”
On October 3 afternoon, cabinet secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam in a briefing at the secretariat said that the cabinet on the day endorsed a proposal of the secretary-level committee for scrapping quota system in the recruitment of Class I and Class II civil servants in the wake of months-long quota reform movement by students and job seekers.
Hours after the announcement, FFs’ children began the protest at Shahbagh demanding retention of 30 per cent quota for them and day after physically challenged people took to street demanding five percent quota privilege for them.