The Voice of the People Party (VPP) has said that it is committed to pressuring the government to withhold implementation of the roster system during the pendency of the review of the outdated job reservation policy. It has appealed for support from the masses in this regard.
On the other hand, the Khun Hynñiewtrep National Awakening Movement (KHNAM) has demanded that all recruitment be put on hold till a proper and legal roster system is in place.
VPP spokesperson Batskhem Myrboh said that this issue which was included in VPP’s manifesto has to be cleared once and for all for the balanced interests of every section of society.
“It is essential that the voice seeking for review of the policy gets aggregated through the VPP for the continued pursuance till the matter is resolved. Any attempt to scatter the voice on this matter post-election will defeat the purpose,” Myrboh said in a statement on Tuesday.
Citing history, he said unless the matter is taken up seriously by a political party, it remains a pipedream.
“No doubt, the issue of the review of the reservation policy was taken up by the leaders of various pressure groups in the past, but unfortunately, they failed to take it up after becoming political leaders irrespective of their party affiliations,” he added.
The VPP also expressed its appreciation and gratitude to the well-intentioned and strong support extended by the various pressure groups and individuals in different parts of the state on the need of withholding the implementation of the roster system during the pendency of the review of the outdated job reservation policy.
The party has appealed to every group and section in the state to solidly lend their support to the efforts of the VPP in this matter.
“As stated before, the Party, besides engaging with the ruling dispensation, will organise public meetings in various parts of the state in the coming days to sensitise the public on the matter,” Myrboh added.
Speaking to reporters elsewhere, Myrboh reiterated that the VPP wants the roster system to be implemented prospectively and that the party is open for talks hoping that the government will have a better sense of the matter.
He said that the present reservation policy needs to be reviewed in the context of the present realities asserting that the roster system is lopsided in the sense of the population structure and it excludes people with disabilities.
Put recruitment on hold
Meanwhile, the vice president of KHNAM, Thomas Passah, in a statement demanded that all recruitment be put on hold till a proper and legal roster system is in place.
He maintained that the statement made by Tynsong on the roster system does not sound promising.
“We would like to state that discussing the roster system in the Cabinet alone will not solve or bring light to the problems,” he said.
He stated that the cabinet meeting, meeting with the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance partners, and all party meetings are time-buying tactics and said, “The recruitment process of various departments is being sped up to capitalise on the current and illegal roster system to help one section of the community.”
He said, “Lately, we have seen that there are lots of advertisements floated for recruitment in various departments in the government. There have been instances also where vacancies have been re-advertised as per quota made through the roster system, wherein more seats have been allotted to Garos and fewer seats to the Khasi–Jaiñtia community.”