Dhaka, Apr 12: Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday ended the controversial quota system in government jobs after a massive protest, involving thousands of students, spread across the country. She, however, said that special provisions of jobs will be made for special groups.
Students blockaded major roads in capital Dhaka, virtually paralysing the city. In the last few days, over hundred students had got injured in protests at the Dhaka University.
The PM said that the system will be abolished as students don’t want it. She said the students had demonstrated enough and it was time to send them home. She added that the protests got examinations cancelled and exposed common people to sufferings they don’t deserve.
She said that the government could make special arrangement for jobs for people with disabilities and backward groups.
The students had begun their protest at the Dhaka University on Sunday. A group broke into the vice-chancellor’s residence. Hasina said that strict action will be taken against the miscreants.
On Wednesday, the protest grew as the number of students swelled. The students blocked roads in Dhaka. The students in the southeastern port city of Chittagong blocked a railway track while they also caused disruptions in the major cities of Khulna, Barisal, Kushtia, Comilla and Mymensingh demanding the share of top government positions set aside for minority groups and the disabled be reduced significantly.
According to police, more than 5,000 protesters rallied at the Dhaka University campus alone while the private universities joined the public ones across the country to mount pressure on the government to abolish the system, meant for freedom fighters decedents, ethnic minority groups and women.