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Top court to hear appeal against High Court verdict on quotas Wednesday

Published: 14:19, 9 July 2024

Top court to hear appeal against High Court verdict on quotas Wednesday

Staff Correspondent

The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court has fixed Wednesday for a hearing on a High Court verdict that declared the decision to cancel quota system, including the first and second-class freedom fighter quota in government jobs, illegal.

The chamber judge of the Appellate Division Justice Md Ashfaqul Islam fixed the date for the hearing on Tuesday. 

Attorney General AM Amin Uddin stood for the state.

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On July 4, the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court upheld the High Court’s verdict.

On June 5, the High Court declared illegal the circular that cancelled the quotas, including those for freedom fighters, in first and second-class government jobs.

As a result, the 30% quota for freedom fighters in government jobs (grades 9 to 13) will remain in place.

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On October 4, 2018, the Ministry of Public Administration issued a circular to implement the cabinet's decision to abolish the existing quota system for direct recruitment to first and second-class posts in government jobs.

The Ministry of Public Administration issued the circular a day after the decision of the Cabinet to cancel the quota.

The government decided to remove the 45% quota for recruitment in government jobs from ninth to thirteenth grade, opting for merit-based recruitment after a prolonged student movement demanding quota reform. The quota review committee's recommendations led to this decision, approved during a cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on October 3, 2018.
 

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