The first meeting of the Committee on Roster System will be convened after the upcoming meeting called by the government with all stakeholders to discuss on the reservation roster.
Cabinet minister and chairperson of the committee, Ampareen Lyngdoh, said on Thursday that there was a proposal for stakeholders to also meet with the chief minister. “So it would be practical for this committee to meet post that meeting,” Lyngdoh told reporters.
She said that the committee will again invite political parties and other stakeholders to discuss this matter at the earliest as it cannot be left pending like this adding “We are familiar with the difficulties that a situation like this can fall out to be”.
Stating that Meghalaya is a state known for its peace and for the coexistence of so many communities, Lyngdoh said, “We work together, we talk together and we don’t want this to ever change.”
She also asserted that the roster is something which all need to discuss together and that is why Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma had himself invited all political parties to a meeting. She, however, said she was not clear as to why the VPP chief Ardent M Basaiawmoit did not attend the all-party meeting.
“Now, why Ardent did not attend that meeting is something which is unclear to me but we would like to see this problem getting sorted out. We have to be on the same page. We all have to remember that this is in the common interest of all communities,” Lyngdoh said.
She said the government was exploring what could be the best way forward and if required all communities would be taken on board together on this matter. She said decisions could not be taken in isolation because that could lead to friction which could not be allowed.
“If you say population, it could mean so many things. We don’t know exactly what is being discussed because if you see the state economic statistics again that population also will have its own indicators. What exactly are we talking about, this is very, very important and we should be on the same page,” she said.
She said she wished there was an easy solution so the stalemate could be ended.