MLA demands review of state reservation policy

MLA demands review of state reservation policy

Shillong Oct 2: North Shillong MLA, Adelbert Nongrum has reiterated the demand to review the reservation policy in the state.

After meeting the chief minister, Conrad K Sangma on Friday, Nongrum said that the state reservation policy for employment and academic courses which has not been attended for almost 50 years should be reviewed and revisited at the earliest.

A memorandum to the Chief Minister was handed over by the MLA and alleged biasness in the reservation policy, which was implemented since 1972.

In 2016, Nongrum who is the lone Khun Hynñiewtrep National Awakening Movement (KHNAM) had demanded 50 percent job reservation for dominant Khasi and Jaiñtia tribes.

Nongrum also suggested the state government to relax the upper age limit for recruitment in government jobs as has been done in other states, where age relaxation has been raised from 38 to 42 years and such relaxation shall not be applicable for only certain grade/group staffs but also for other grades from grade-I to grade-IV categories in government as well as in other sectors.

The MLA also suggested the need for the Meghalaya Public Services Commission (MPSC) to ensure that state civil services examinations are conducted annually so that the age of the youth is not affected.