The Bangladesh General Student Welfare Council has staged a rally demanding completion of the recruitment process in government services within three to six months.
They gathered in Shahbagh in the capital on Friday afternoon with their hands wrapped in chains to press home a four-point charter of demands.
"We have been carrying out non-violent movement for a long time with four demands including raising the age limit for entering government jobs to 35 years but the government has not accepted our demands," said Muzammel Miaji, chief coordinator of the council.
He also said the age limit for entering government jobs should have been increased with the increase in the average life expectancy in Bangladesh. Given the average life expectancy in the country, the age limit for entry into employment was supposed to be 40 but we have demanded 35.
In more than 162 developed and developing countries of the world, the age limit for entering public services is 35 years or above. He asked why it should not be implemented in Bangladesh.
At that time, the speakers further said they are the burden of the family and the largest burden of this country. They suffer from depression as they cannot contribute anything to the country.
This state system has made us dishonourable to our family members. The election manifesto of the government was to increase the age in government service but even today it has not seen the light of day, they added.
Their demands are to increase the age limit for applying for government service to 35 years, reduce the application fee to Tk50-100, conduct recruitment examinations at the district or divisional level and formulate and implement specific policies including completion of the recruitment process in 3-6 months.
Musaddek Ali, central coordinator of the Bangladesh General Student Welfare Council, moderated the rally.
Leaders of the General Student Rights Protection Council expressed solidarity with the protesters at the rally.