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The cabinet on Wednesday approved a proposal for scrapping the existing quota system in the recruitment process of first and second class government jobs.
The approval came from the weekly Cabinet meeting held at the Prime Minister’s Office with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.
Cabinet Secretary M Shafiul Alam briefed reporters at the Secretariat.
“Now, the recruitment to the first and second class jobs will be made directly on merit basis,” the cabinet secretary said adding the quota system will be there only in class-3 and class-4 jobs. “The Ministry of the Public Administration will be informed about the cabinet’s decision by today or tomorrow, and it will issue a gazette notification in this regard later,” said M Shafiul Alam.
On September 17, the Quota Review Committee, led by Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam, recommended abolishing the quota system from the 9th to 13th grades (1st class and 2nd class) of government jobs and submitted its report to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
However, he said, the government from time to time may review the status of representation of the ethnic minority people in the government service and take decisions to ascertain quota for them . On July 2, the government formed the seven-member committee to review the existing quota system in public service.
In April, students of public and private universities across the country waged a strong movement demanding reforms in the quota system in public service recruitment process.
In the face of the movement, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina announced in Parliament on April 11 the abolition of all types of quotas in government jobs.
The cabinet also approved the draft of the Customs Act, 2018, drafts of the Gold Policy, 2018 and National Environment Policy, 2018 and proposal for amendment to an agreement with India concerning orbit frequency coordination.
The Customs Act, 2018 has been made aimed at making it a modern law suiting to the international rules and customs while the Gold Policy, 2018 would allow the dealers of gold business to import gold bars and other jewelleries under the legal framework.

The cabinet approved the proposal for amendment to the agreement between India and Bangladesh on Orbit Frequency Coordination of South Asia Satellite. The agreement was made to set the satellite position at 97.3 degree East instead of 48 degree East.

The cabinet adopted a resolution congratulating the prime minister for receiving the International Achievement Award’ from the Inter Press Service and ‘Special Recognition for Outstanding Leadership Award’ from the Global Hope Recognition Coalition during this year’s UN General Assembly session.