Another landless candidate for the police constable post is going to get a piece of land and with a built house as a gift from Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
Like Barishal’s police constable candidate Aspiya, Meem Akhter of Khulna faced difficulties to be recruited for the jobdespite attaining the first position at the district recruitment test, simply because she didn’t have a permanent address in the district.
Khulna Deputy Commissioner (DC) Mohammad Moniruzzaman Talukder said after the issue of Meem’s family being landless came up for discussion, a decision was taken to provide her family land and a house as a gift from the PM.
He said as her family lives in a tenement house in the city, she will soon be given a land with a house in the city or adjoining areas for which efforts are being made.
Meanwhile, Khulna additional superintendent of police (south) Tanvir Ahmed said Meem's case had been reported to police headquarters. No decision has been made yet. “We will let her know if the police headquarter makes a decision,” he said.
Meem said that she applied for the post of police constable under the women’s quota. She passed the written and medical tests achieving the first position. The police verification started after Nov 11 and she waited for the final call.
“On Dec 11, I went to the Khulna Police Super’s office where additional superintendent of police Tanvir Ahmed said that all my papers were okay but he was not able to give the job as I do not have a permanent address in Khulna. Then I came back home crying,” she said.
Meem's father Rabiul Islam, who has a blanket shop, said that they have been living in a rented house in Khulna’s Sonadanga residential area for over 32 years, but didn’t have a permanent address.
On Sunday evening he got a call from the DC office to submit some papers on Monday. He submitted the papers accordingly as their accommodation for a permanent residence is being arranged, he said.
However, district superintendent of police (SP) Mohammad Mahbub Hasan claimed it was not Meem’s lack of a permanent address, but rather that she failed her her medical examination, for which she was being held back from the job.