“If you ask me, everyone should receive justice. So why not prioritise the vulnerable communities of Khasi, Jaintia, and Garo in the job reservation policy? Additionally, some percentage should also be reserved for established families of these three tribes. However, I believe that 50% of the reservation should be allocated to the vulnerable sections of the Khasi, Jaintia, and Garo communities (sic),” Hek told reporters.
He added, “Let us consider why we only think about rich people. We should give a chance to the poorest of the poor as well so that they can at least stand on their feet, establish their own position, and take good care of their families.”
Hek further stated, “Currently, we receive a 40:40 distribution. However, there is a need to increase the reservation to 50% for the vulnerable communities of Khasi, Jaintia, and Garo. Additionally, 30% of the reservation — 15% each should be allocated to Khasi-Jaintia and Garo communities. It is important to note that all 80% of the reservation will still benefit our own communities. This measure will ultimately benefit the underprivileged tribal people of Meghalaya.”
He noted that there are many poor people in Meghalaya who have been deprived of government job opportunities for generations.
Regarding the implementation of the roster system, Hek shared that he had recently organised a meeting with senior BJP leaders to discuss the matter. However, he emphasised that the meeting only included a few leaders stationed in Shillong and not all BJP leaders from Jaintia Hills and Garo Hills.
To address this, Hek conveyed that he had urged the president Ernest Mawrie to call for an immediate meeting with all members, including those from Garo Hills and Jaintia Hills, to discuss this pressing issue in Meghalaya.
Hek also mentioned that Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong had already stated that the government had filed an affidavit three times before the High Court to implement the roster system prospectively.
In light of this, Hek expressed that the government has taken steps to address this issue and he expects the Chief Minister to call a cabinet meeting soon to further discuss this sensitive matter.