Review reservation policy: KHNAM legislator writes to Govt.

KHNAM legislator Adelbert Nongrum

Demanding Meghalaya Democratic Alliance government to relook at the state reservation policy, KHNAM legislator, Adelbert Nongrum today alleged that the state reservation policy for employment and academic courses that has been left unattended for almost 50 years. Nongrum said, “The policy is required to be reviewed and revisited at the earliest.”

Submitting a memorandum to the Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma, Nongrum alleged there is biasness in the reservation policy, which was implemented since 1972.

“I am prepared to take things forward although the issue is not against the state government,” the MLA said. Expressing concern over the unemployment problem especially during COVID-19 pandemic,

Nongrum also suggested the state government consider relaxing the upper age limit for recruitment in government jobs.

“As it is done in other states, age relaxation while seeking employment is raised from 38 to 42 years of age. It is therefore requested of the government to do what is necessary in raising the age relaxation from the present 32 years to 35 years of age. In doing so, this may be a welcome boon for our youths as employment into the government sector has become more or less saturated,” the MLA said.

He further said that this relaxation shall not be applicable for only certain grade/group staffs but also be extended to other grades i.e. from grade-I to grade-IV categories in government as well as in other sectors.

Nongrum 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 factor of the youth is not affected. EOM