Meghalaya: State job reservation policy will be applied for Eklavya schools, says Rymbui

There are 14 numbers of Eklavya Model Residential School allotted to the state of Meghalaya.

Meghalaya Education Minister Lahkmen Rymbui informed that the state job reservation policy will be applied in the recruitment process of teachers for the Eklavya Model Residential Schools (EMRS).

Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Rymbui said that a delegation led by Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma, Education Minister and others recently met the Union Minister of Tribal Affairs Arjun Munda and the meeting came up with a decision to allow Meghalaya to apply its reservation policy in the recruitment process.

There are 14 numbers of Eklavya Model Residential School allotted to the state of Meghalaya and constructions have started at Nongpoh and Samanda.

Following the Centre’s green signal to the state wherein it can apply its own job reservation policy, Rymbui said that the CM will form the committee to monitor the progress of the schools and will call a meeting next week.

“The plan of the government is that recruitment will be done centrally and but if we go for that wherein according to the all-India reservation policy for scheduled tribes, it is 7.5 per cent. So, we felt it will not only help the education sector in terms of accessibility and quality but it will also generate employment,” Rymbui said.

It may be noted that the state was not willing to go for central reservation policy as it has its own state job reservation policy.

“We thought as a government it is not a very good idea that our youth should lose opportunity in these schools and we convinced the Centre to allow us to implement our own reservation policy,” he said.

(Edited by Christopher Gatphoh)

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