Prior to the abolition of the quota privileges, differently abled people enjoyed a 1% quota in Class I and II government jobs, while there is a 10% quota for differently abled people in Class III and IV government jobs. Bangladesh Pratibandhi Shikkharthi Oikkya Parishad, a platform of differently abled people, blockaded Shahbagh intersection from 10:00am on Thursday, and the blockade was still continuing at the time of filing this report at 8:30pm. The seven-point demands of the protesters include 5% quota privileges for differently abled people in Class I and II government jobs, the enactment of such a quota during preliminary exams, inclusion of young differently abled representatives in policy making positions of government, the formation of a Differently Abled Affairs Ministry, and a 10 minute time extension in government recruitment tests. Ali Hossain, convener of Bangladesh Pratibandhi Shikkharthi Oikkya Parishad, said they would continue protests until their demands were met, and the gazette notification abolishing quota privileges was withdrawn. Meanwhile, a faction of freedom fighters’ children also took position alongside the differently abled protesters, demanding reinstatement of the 30% quota for freedom fighters’ children and grandchildren in government job recruitment.
Source: Dhaka Tribune October 11, 2018 18:56 UTC