FF quota reform not possible, says PM

12 Jul 2018, 19:28 | updated: 12 Jul 2018, 23:18

NTV Online

Sangsad Bhaban: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasinaon Thursdaysaid it is not possible to reform freedom fighter quota in government jobs as there is a High Court verdict to continue it.

‘There’s a High Court verdict for maintaining the freedom fighter quota. How can we violate the High Court verdict? ...We can’t do this,’ she said at her valedictory speech in the 21st (budget) session of the current parliament, reports the UNB.

The Prime Minister said,’I had earlier said to cancel the entire quota system. But, now there’s a High Court verdict in this regard. If I violate the verdict, I’ll face the contempt of court. No one can do this.’

Sheikh Hasina, however, said the vacant posts under quotas will be fulfilled with candidates from the merit list. ‘This process has been continuing for the last several years.’

She also said, ‘I formed a committee headed by the Cabinet Secretary which is now looking into the matter. Then where’s their (demonstrators) problem? It’s my question.’

Pointing to the quota reform movement, Sheikh Hasina said the demonstrators also cannot say what they actually want.

Coming down heavily on the attackers on Dhaka University Vice-Chancellor’s residence, she said those who carried out vandalism, attack, sat fire to cars and looted valuables in the VC’s residence will not be spared.

‘They can’t be spared. So, they’re being arrested and an investigation is underway. Many of them have already confessed,’ she.

The Prime Minister said there is no country in the world to get higher education at such a low cost what is available in Bangladesh. Students are staging demonstrations paying only Tk 15 as seat rent a month for the hall they are living and Tk 30 for a meal.

‘Is it a movement? It’s a chaos, which can never be tolerated,’ she said pointing to vandalizing of a hall gate and coming out of female students from their dormitories atmidnight. ‘If so, let them pay the seat rent and meal charge at market prices,’ Hasina said.

The Prime Minister praised the Opposition Leader and all the MPs for playing a very constructive role in the budget session.

She said a decent and fair atmosphere prevails in the current parliament. ‘Parliament was run the way it should have been in a democratic way,’ she added echoing the views of Opposition Leader Raushon Ershad.

Hasina said this Parliament which was formed through the 2014 election did not see any unwarranted activity. ‘There were very constructive discussions enhancing the dignity of Parliament to a large extent before the nation.’

About the next general election, the Prime Minister in her over 50 minute-speech hoped that all, including the Opposition Jatiya Party, will participate in the polls.

‘If people want, they’ll give us the opportunity again to serve them through casting their votes in favour of boat (the election symbol of Awami League),’ she said.

Focusing on various development activities of the government, Hasina said Bangladesh is marching forward and will do so.’Nobody can stop Bangladesh now.’