Minorities fear discrimination in public service

Staff Correspondent | Published: 16:09, Oct 12,2017 | Updated: 17:37, Oct 12,2017


Religious and ethnic minorities on Thursday alleged that they were anxious as a reactionary section in the government was active in the government to create communal division, discrimination and incitement by brining the religious identity of Chief Justice SK Sinha on the forefrnont.

Addressing a press conference organised by Bangladesh Hindu Buddhist Christian Oikya Parishad at Dhaka Reporters’ Unity in the capital, the Parishad  general secretary Rana Dasgupta, referred to newspaper report and alleged that  the reactionary section had been capitalising a recent judgement of the Chief Justice  and trying to deprive the religious minorities’ promotion and better appointment in public service.

‘As a result, service holders belonging to minority community who are advanced in qualification and seniority are now suffering from hopelessness and uncertainty.  The religious minority leaders are now anxious whether they would have to experience deprivation in appointment and promotion in government jobs,’ he said.

He, without mentioning the name, alleged that a senior secretary in the prime minister’s office was involved in such acts.

Rana sought the prime minister’s intervention to probe whether there was any quarter in the government was active in conspiracy to create communal deprivation using the Chief Justice issue.

He said that, like common people, they and the 2.5 crore religious and ethnic minorities were anxious and frightened at the present situation involving the Chief Justice SK Sinha.

Referring to the Awami Ulema League’s human chain in front of the National Press Club on the day of taking oath of SK Sinha as the Chief Justice, he said that the Ulema League leaders said that they did not accept a Hindu Chief Justice in a Muslim dominated country like Bangladesh.

He alleged that comments undermining the Chief Justice by many leaders and ministers of Awami League and AL-led alliance on a recent unanimous verdict of seven SC judges were reflection of Ulema League’s comments.

‘We are mum on the issue what happening centering Chief Justice, we have come here to express our concern about communal discriminations bringing the Chief Justice’s religious identity in front side.

Presided over by the Parishad president Hubert Gomez, the press conference was also addressed by senior politician Pankaj Bhattacharjee, Parishad leader Nim Chandra Bhowmik and Bangladesh Adibasi Forum general secretary Sanjeeb Drong also spoke.

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