Ethnic minorities protest at move to abolish quota

RU Correspondent | Published: 22:50, Aug 16,2018 | Updated: 02:16, Aug 17,2018

 
 

Adivasi Chhatra Parishad forms a human chain in the Rajshahi city on Thursday in protest against a move to scrap quotas for ethnic minority people in government jobs. — New Age photo

The government should be devoted to uphold the rights of ethnic minorities and should not go for abolishing 5 per cent quota for the people for government jobs when a vast portion of ethnic minorities were forcibly evicted from their lands and were being forced to migrate into foreign lands in search of jobs, said ethnic minority leaders in Rajshahi on Thursday.
They also denounce a possible government move to abolish the quota and demanded that cabinet secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam should withdraw one of his recent speeches, where he said the backward section of people had already made progress and therefore time had come to abolish the quota for their advancement.
The ethnic minorities came up with demand while addressing a human chain at the zero point of the Rajshahi city on Thursday. Adibasi Chhatra Parishad central committee organised the human chain at 10:00am.
The ethnic community also declared to hold students rally at each of the district of the country on August 8 over their demands.
At present five per cent quota out of 56 per cent is preserved for backward section of people that include ethnic minorities.
On Monday, at a briefing over the weekly cabinet meeting, cabinet secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam said the secretary-level committee formed to review of the quota system primarily recommended ‘abolition of almost all quotas’ except that of freedom fighters children and grandchildren.
The programme was addressed, among others, by Adibasi Chhatra Parishad central committee president Nakul Pahan, Jatiya Adibasi Parishad Rajshahi unit president Bimul Chandra Rajoar, writer Prasanta Kumar Saha, freedom fighter Shahajan Ali Barjahan, and Bangladesh Mohila Parishad Rajshahi district unit president Kalpana Ray.

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