The job reservation policy as per the resolution 1972 clearly states based on population: HITO

Shillong, May 22: The Meghalaya State Job Reservation Policy was introduced by way of the Govt. Resolution dated 12-01-1972 issued by the Secretary (Special) to the Govt. of Meghalaya, so as to protect and safeguard the interests of the tribal communities of the State of Meghalaya.

As per the Job Reservation Policy as amended till date, there is a reservation of 40% of the vacancies in favor of Khasis and Jaintias, reservation of 40% of the vacancies in favor of Garos, and reservation of 5% of vacancies in favour of any other Scheduled Tribes and Scheduled Castes of Meghalaya.

The job reservation policy as per the resolution of January 12, 1972 clearly states that reservation is based on population. However, it appears that the said Reservation Policy is not proportionate to the population of the Khasi, Jaintia and Garo Scheduled Tribe communities in the State as on date, in as much as the same was based by the then policymaker(s) on their assumption instead of factual Census data.

As per the 2011 Census, the Khasi-Jaintia community comprises about 14,11,775 of the total population in the State, and the Garo Community comprises about 8,21,026 of the total population in the State. The same goes to show that there is a majority of Khasi-Jaintia population in the State, however the said communities are not adequately represented as per the existing reservation policy.

It is stated with heartfelt despondency that the Khasi-Jaintia tribes are being usurped of their rightful entitlements and as a result, the Khasi and Jaintia communities, especially the youth, are made to face serious difficulties in the State without any fault on their part. Further, the welfare, development and upliftment of the said communities are being hampered due to lack of adequate representation/ reservation in government jobs.

Further, the implementation of the roster system by way of an office memorandum was done without proper examination of the population structure and without weighing the pros and cons

It is rather unfortunate that the Achik Conscious Holistically Integrated Krima, Tura, had issued a press statement on 19/05/2023 through its General Secretary, Krima Council, ACHIK, which was titled “Ardent should approach Apex Court on JRP: ACHIK”, wherein it was stated that the persons aggrieved should approach the Supreme Court.

It is quite shocking that the said organization, despite being led by an Advocate herself as General Secretary, is being swayed away for the best reasons known and is making such callous statements in media to approach the Apex Court, despite being well aware that we have our very own High Court of Meghalaya, which is the proper forum to approach in case of any legal grievances.and subsequently, if any party is aggrieved with the decision(s) of the Hon’ble High Court of Meghalaya, they can approach the Hon’ble Supreme Court.

Thus it appears that the said Press Statement was made without proper appreciation of the facts and with the sole objective to create socio-political unrest and to malign some political leaders and others who are rightly seeking a review of the existing Job Reservation Policy in the State.

Therefore, it is evident that there is a genuine cause for the dissatisfaction of the Khasi- Jaintia Scheduled Tribe communities of Meghalaya and it is imperative that the existing Job Reservation Policy of 1972 be reviewed by the Government so as to ensure adequate and effective representation of the Khasi and Jaintia Communities, based on the present population, said Mr. Donbok President HITO.

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