Courtesy: New Age, Dhaka, metro, 4 Oct 2010
Ethnic minority students on Sunday called upon the government to ensure their quota in government jobs.
Santal Students Union made the call from a human chain at the base of Aparajeya Bangla to press home their five-point demand. The union president, Grenar Soren, general secretary of Hill Tracts Student Union Nitol Chakma and other university students took part in the human chain.
Nitol Chakma said the existing job quota for Santal has become meaningless as only one of their men was recruited as assistant teacher while 18 were to get the job according to the quota as the number of posts was 229 in Chapinawab-gang this year.
He also stressed the necessity of constitutional recognition for the ethnic minorities in order to build Bangladesh as a country of cultural harmony.
They also cited the Chapainawabgang police constable recruitment test held on September 25, where the authorities did not follow the quota for the ethnic minority people.
They urged the government to recognise the ethnic minority people constitutionally, ensure five per cent quota in government jobs, give exemplary punishment of their land grabbers, ensure their rights and dignity, recruit their men as assistant teacher and police constable in Chapainawab-ganj according to the five per cent quota.