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Restoration of FFs quota
July 4 set for full bench hearing

Staff Reporter:

Amid protests over the apparent restoration of the quota system in government jobs, the Chamber Judge of the Appellate Division on Sunday upheld the High Court order that had declared the cancellation of the freedom fighters quota in government jobs illegal.
Justice M Enayetur Rahim, Chamber Judge of the Appellate Division, passed the order and fixed July 4 for hearing the petition in the full bench of the Appellate Division.
Senior Advocate Motahar Hossain Saju stood for the petition while Attorney General AM Amin Uddin represented the state.
Earlier in the day, the state counsel filed a petition seeking a stay order on the High Court order that had declared the government’s decision cancelling the freedom fighter quota for the 1st and 2nd class gov-ernment officers illegal.
After extensive protests by a section of students and job aspirants, the government had surprisingly bowed to their demands and scrapped quotas in government jobs, issuing a circular to this effect on Oc-tober 4, 2018.
After almost six years, on June 5, the High Court ordered that scrapping the 30% reservation for free-dom fighters (and their families or descendants) in government jobs was illegal.
An HC bench of Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder and Justice Khizir Hayat passed the order.
The government, through the circular dated October 4, 2018, had said recruitment in all government jobs in the 9th to 13th grades would be completely merit-based, abolishing quotas.
It overturned an executive order from November 1972 through which the government had introduced a 30% quota for freedom fighters, and 10% for women in the government, semi-government, and defence and nationalized institutions.
Various governments at various times tweaked the reservations, adding or removing communities target-ed for upliftment on the basis of various reasons, from the political to developmental.
At the time of the abolition in 2018, about 56 percent of government jobs ended up on the reserved list for candidates from various quotas.

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