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The Federation of Khasi Jaintia and Garo People (FKJGP) Garo Hills Zone, has objected to the recent declaration of results of the interview to the posts of Grade IV and Lower Division Assistant (LDA) under various government departments, alleging that the same was against the job reservation policy of Meghalaya.
The results were declared on February 5 and 19 respectively, in West Garo Hills (WGH) district.
In a complaint submitted to the Chairman of the District Selection Committee (DSC) of WGH on February 22, the NGO alleged manipulation in the recruitment process.
According to the Meghalaya Job Reservation Policy, 40 per cent of the seats are reserved for the Garo community while another 40 per cent for the Khasi–Jaintia community.
Another 5 per cent has been reserved for Schedule Caste and other tribes while the rest come under the general category.
The FKJGP alleged that every individual that procured seats belonged to the general category, with other tribes and the Garo community being "deprived" of the same.
“The ‘General’ category is not a reserved category for the non-tribal community, and seats should be allotted solely based on the merits of the individual candidates, regardless of their community or tribe as the policy dictates," said FKJGP president Pritam Arengh.
"We felt that the DSC WGH may have misread or misinterpreted the guidelines, and either inadvertently or intentionally not adhered to it. We suspect the latter (intentional) to be more accurate,” Arengh added.
Arengh felt that if the policy was adhered to, more Garo candidates would be filling up the posts, as opposed to the current situation.
They further demanded that the appointment process for the above-mentioned posts be put on hold, and a re-evaluation of the eligibility of candidates for the ‘General’ category be immediately taken up.
“We also demand an independent inquiry as to why such an anomaly was committed, and who are the ones responsible for it,” he asserted.
Meanwhile, despite attempts to contact the Chairman of WGH DSC for comments, the same cannot be reached.
(Edited by Iban Mawrie)