Meghalaya: KHNAM urges Govt. to increase age limit to 40 for State Civil Services
Shillong, August, 10, 2017: The Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement (KHNAM) State Youth Wing has urged upon the State Government to increase the upper age relaxation for the Scheduled Tribe candidates to a maximum of 40 years for appearing in the Civil Service Examinations as has been followed in other States.
"We are deeply concern over the problem that majority of the educated youth in the State are unemployed. The Government has so far failed to tap into the various services of the State Government. Therefore, we urged upon the State to increase the upper age relaxation of the Scheduled Tribes candidates to a maximum of 40 years," KHNAM State Youth Wing president, Thomas Passah in a memorandum submitted to the State Chief Secretary, Y Tsering here on Thursday.
Passah observed that section 9 of Para (ii) of the Meghalaya Service Rules, 1975 permits the State Government to relax the upper age limit in respect of candidates belonging to special categories in accordance with any general or special order issued by the State Government from time to time.
Stating that in order to ensure that indigenous educated youth are given the opportunities to be employed in the various Government services in the State, he said that the party strongly urged upon the State Government to amend the Meghalaya Services Rules of 1975 to ensure that first priority is given to the Scheduled Tribe candidates even as to indicate that the candidate who want to enter into the Meghalaya Civil Service should have a thorough knowledge of working in a local language.
He pointed out that in Assam, Tripura and Manipur, the State Government has fixed the maximum age limit for appearing in the Civil Service Examinations.
Later, talking to newsmen after meeting the Chief Secretary, Passah said that the Government has agreed to examine on the request made by them for increasing the upper age limit for appearing in the Civil Service Examinations.
"We would be closely following up the matter since it is an issue which concerned the interest of the large number of unemployed educated youth in the State," he added.