QUOTA REFORM MOVEMENT

Govt expresses disappointment over diplomats’ statements

Diplomatic Correspondent | Published: 02:00, Jul 20,2018 | Updated: 02:10, Jul 20,2018

 
 

AH Mahmood Ali-- New Age file photo

The government on Thursday expressed its disappointment at the statements issued by some diplomatic corps in Dhaka on incidents involving movement for reform of quota system public service recruitment.
Foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali in a diplomatic briefing expressed ‘his disappointment at the statements issued by some members of the diplomatic corps,’ said foreign ministry release.
Mahmood claimed that a vested quarter hijacked the demonstrations organised for reform of quota and created anarchy at universities even after assurances from prime minister Sheikh Hasina.
The ongoing movement for quota reform was marred by ‘violence and acts of terror’, he said adding that ‘the anarchists’ attacked the house and family of the Dhaka University vice-chancellor.
This movement ‘has become a ploy of BNP-Jamaat who wants to destabilise the current stability and progress in the country,’ the foreign minister said.
These attacks were similar to the violence that took place in 2014 committed by BNP and Jamaat, which was rejected by EU Parliament adopting two resolutions, Mahmood said.
He said that the quota system was introduced in 1972 as an affirmative action to promote inclusive representation of people of various social, economic and cultural backgrounds in government jobs. Quota for women, people with disabilities, ethnic and religious minorities and descendants of freedom fighters were introduced to promote opportunities for marginalised groups of the society.
He also claimed that majority of people recruited through civil service examination system were appointed from merit list.
He said that the appointment from the merit list was 77.4 per cent in the 33rd BCS in 2012, 63.69 per cent in the 35th BCS in 2015 and 70.38 per cent in the 36th BCS in 2016.
On points of human rights situation, the minister claimed that about 105 countries joined in praising Bangladesh in the Human Rights Council in Geneva for various achievements and actions towards promotion and protection of human rights.
State minister for foreign affairs Shahriar Alam and foreign secretary M Shahidul Haque were, among others, were present at the diplomatic briefing attended about 30 foreign diplomats. 

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