The Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement (KHNAM) on Sunday said that roster registers and accounts are prepared correctly and in accordance with the rules if the state government has firmly decided to implement the roster system ‘retrospectively.’
The KHNAM submitted a memorandum in this regard to Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma for his intervention with copies to all political parties.
KHNAM vice-president Thomas Passah said the government will also need to engage with main stakeholders such as MPSC, in the process of preparation of roster registers by directing them to re-publish all the result notifications from 1972-2022 in a modified format showing the breakup of recommended candidates categorically.
He said following the exercise, the government should direct all departments to prepare the roster registers and roster accounts by correctly recording the information and figures provided by MPSC/state recruitment authorities.
“(The third step is) to avoid any possibility of a falsely exaggerated backlog of posts, ensure that the information & figures pertaining to Khasi-Jaintias/Garos/other STs candidates who got appointment against 15% provision for the unreserved category should not be entered & recorded in the columns or spaces meant for the reserved categories but should be recorded only in the columns or spaces meant for Unreserved category together with those of non-tribal employees,” Passah said.
“However, in case the above requirements cannot be complied with in totality then the government should discontinue the retrospective implementation and opt for prospective implementation with effect from 2023 onwards,” the KHNAM leader said while also demanding that the current publication of advertisement for various vacancies by concerned authorities needs to be immediately stopped and cancelled to avoid any further complication.
Passah said that the method adopted in preparing roster registers and generating roster accounts is highly erroneous, faulty & untenable because: “It does not take cognisance of the fact that for many years, a majority of the candidates who got appointment against the Unreserved/Open category belong to the Khasi-Jaintias community; instead the above method works on the presumption that all the serving Khasi-Jaintias employees got appointed only against that 40% reserved quota meant for them and no Khasi-Jaintia employees got appointed from UR/Open category.”
“Going by the above presumptive method, a large percentage of Khasi-Jaintia employees who got appointment against 15% provision under UR/Open category was presumed as if they got appointment against 40% Khasi-Jaintia reserved quota and so their number & names were wrongly included under the Khasi-Jaintias reserved category,” he said while adding “Resultantly, this blunder i.e. wrong entry of the number & names of the Open/UR category Khasi Jaintia employees in the roster registers has given rise to a false impression that the number of Khasi Jaintia employees is much more in excess of their quota provision, thereby showing a wrongly exaggerated backlog of posts/vacancies in favour of the candidates belonging to one particular community, which will give undue advantage and benefit to that community at the expense of those belonging to the Khasi-Jaintia community.”
Further, Passah also warned that the two different methods that may be associated with the preparation and generation of the roster registers and roster accounts for retrospective implementation of the roster system can give rise to complications.
He said the correct method of preparation of foolproof roster registers & roster accounts which can give a true projection of the number of vacancies to be distributed amongst the different categories of candidates was not adopted and used by the government departments probably because of the absence of requite information and figures in the result notifications of MPSC, etc.. issued in the old defective format during the period 1972- 2022.
“The other method which is actually incorrect has since been adopted & used arbitrarily by government departments without involving the MPSC, etc., and that has resulted in false projection of the number of vacancies to be distributed amongst the different categories of candidates,” he said while adding that this fabricated method has falsely projected a highly exaggerated and artificial backlog of posts/vacancies in favour of the candidates belonging to one reserved category at the expense of those belonging to the Khasi- Jaintia category/community.