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Students announce to continue protests, demand executive order to reform quota system

Students announce to continue protests, demand executive order to reform quota system

Staff Correspondent

The protesting students have announced to continue their movements demanding quota reforms in the Bangladesh government services.

They also clarified that their movements have no correlations with the status quo order on quota system issued by the the Appellate Division of the High Court on Wednesday.

They said, “Basically, we want the government’s executive decision in this regard. We demand reformation of quota keeping only five percent for the physically challenged and the underprivileged people.”

The protestors staged demonstrations at different intersections of the city, including Science Lab, Shahbagh, Chankharpul, and Dhaka-Aricha highway to press home their demand.

Dhaka University Students and jobseekers blocked the Shahbagh intersection around 11:50 am.

The chief coordinator and spokesperson of the movement, Sarjish Alam, said, "We are determined to take our demand to the Executive division. A law must be passed in parliament to allocate the highest 5% quota for government job grades to the backward section of citizens.”

“We will not return to our studies until this demand is met; we wish to resume our studies thereafter," he added.

Another coordinator Hasnat Abdullah said they would continue the protest until the government establishes a commission to reform the quota system.

"We welcome the Supreme Court's decision. However, our protest is not against the abolition of the quota. We urge parliament to enact legislation for a 5% quota in government jobs for the underprivileged sections. Our movement will continue until our demands are fulfilled," he said.

 

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