A high-powered committee formed to review the existing quota system in public services has recommended abolition of quota for class-I and class-II government jobs.
Cabinet Secretary Shafiul Alam, the head of the quota review panel, made the disclosure while speaking at a news briefing on Monday after a regular cabinet meeting.“We’ve submitted our report to the prime minister today. Our proposal is that that there should no longer be any quota for government employees from grade 9 to grade 13 (Class-I and Class-II),” he said.
The recommendations of the review committee will be placed before the cabinet after getting the official nod from the premier, Shafiul Alam told the media.
If the cabinet approves the recommendations, a gazette notification will be issued next month in this regard, he added.
Currently, there is around 56 percent quota in government jobs. Of the total quota, 30 percent is for children and grandchildren of freedom fighters, 10 percent each for women and under-privileged districts, five percent for minority people and one per cent for people with disability.
Responding to a question as to whether the recommendations will have any influence on the 40th BCS exam, whose circular has already been published by the Public Service Commission, he said, “The quota will be fixed accordingly if the government takes a different decision.”
Asked about the quotas for the ethnic minorities and people with disabilities, he said the committee examined the need of the quota system for them and came to a decision that ‘the quota is not indispensable for them’ at this stage.“The Article 29 of the Constitution stipulates that the government, if wants, can keep quota for the backward people, but it’s not mandatory,” the cabinet secretary said.
Over a court directive to continue the quota for the children of freedom fighters, he said the committee sought opinions of legal experts about the court verdict on freedom fighter quota, but they said the judgment will have no effect on the proposal as ‘this is a policy decision of the government.’
“There has been a court directive to continue quota for the children of freedom fighters. We’ve examined the issue. Legal experts say this is a policy decision of the government,” he said.
Responding to another question on the increase in age limit for entry into government jobs, he said the government is yet to take any decision to increase the age from 30 years.
Students and job seekers have been staging demonstrations across the country demanding reform of the quota system in the public services.
In the wake of the student movement, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on April 11 announced in parliament that the quota system will be abolished.
“As many things are happening over the quota system, there will be no quota system. There is no need for any quota system,” she told the House.
But the premier later backtracked on her earlier stance as there has been a High Court verdict on the freedom fighters’ quota.
“It is not possible to reform the freedom fighters’ quota in the public services due to a HC verdict,” she told parliament on July 12.
Amid student movement, the public administration ministry on July 2 formed a seven-member committee headed by the cabinet secretary to review the quota system.