Patiya (Chittagong), – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said the quota system in government jobs for freedom fighters, their children and grandchildren will continue.
The Prime Minister made the announcement at a time when a section of students and job-seekers are agitating seeking reform of the quota system in government jobs.
“We must have a special system for freedom fighters as we’ve got our independence because of their sacrifice,” she said while addressing a public rally at Patiya Model High School.
Chittagong South Awami League organised the rally at the place where Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman delivered speech in 1969, 1970 and 1973 while Jawaharlal Nehru in 1943.
Sheikh Hasina said no one should forget the people of the country got their long-cherished independence for the sacrifice of freedom fighters.“We’ve to give their due honour, we’ve arranged the quota system so that their children and grandchildren could get job.”
She mentioned that if anyone is not found to fill the quota then the system will be relaxed to fill those with other brilliant students.
“If the freedom fighters had not sacrificed for the independence then there would have been no job for the people of this land,” she said.
Pointing to the Zia Orphanage Trust Graft case, the Prime Minister said BNP chief Khaleda Zia and her two sons for not obeying the directives of the Holy Quran and misappropriating the money of orphans.
“In the Holy Quran it is clearly stated—never grab the wealth of orphans, never loot the assets of orphans, let the orphans to have their rights, but they (Khaleda, Tarique and Koko) defied all these directives, money came for the orphans, not a single taka went to the orphanage, they embezzled all,” she said.
Sheikh Hasina mentioned that the case in connection with the embezzlement of the money of Zia Orphanage was not lodged by Awami League but by the caretaker government.
“The top brass of the caretaker government were all the favourite personalities of Khaleda Zia. Moin Uddin, Iazuddin and Fakhruddin they filed the case and she got punishment in that case,” Hasina said adding that the Anti-Corruption Commission lodged the case and court gave the verdict.
The Prime Minister mentioned that BNP does not obey the court, its verdict, laws and rules. “This is their character.” She also said Khaleda Zia, Tarique Rahman and Arafat Rahman Koko and Saifur Rahman whitened black money when they were in power.
Hasina mentioned that the siphoned off money of Tarique Rahman and Arafat Rahman Koko was seized in the USA and Singapore, and the government brought those money back.
Briefly describing various development projects taken for the balanced development of the country, Sheikh Hasina, also the chief of ruling Awami League, urged all to cast their votes in the next election in favour of Awami League.
Held with Chittagong South Awami League president Moslem Uddin Ahmed in the chair, the rally was also addressed by AL general secretary Obaidul Kader, AL presidium member and Housing and Public Works Minister Engineer Mosharraf Hossain, AL Publicity Secretary Dr Hasan Mahmud, MP, State Minister for Land Saifuzzaman Chowdhury, Nurul Alam Chowdhury, Chittagong City Awami League acting president Mahtab Uddin Chowdhury, Local MP Shamshul Huq Chowdhury and Chittagong City Corporation Mayor AJM Nasir Uddin.Earlier, the Prime Minister inaugurated and laid the foundation stones of 41 development projects.UNB