Change reservation mindset: CM

Shillong, Aug 9: Chief Minister Conrad Sangma has asked the people of the state to change the mindset of depending on reservation in all aspects of life.

Speaking at the international day of the World’s Indigenous People organised by North East Indigenous People’s Forum (NEIPF), Meghalaya Chapter at Multi Conventional Hall at NEHU here on Wednesday, the chief minister said, “It is important to change the mind set of the people especially the indigenous community and stop expecting that there will be a reservation in all aspects of life. We need to look beyond reservation and the mindset of the youth of the North East should be that they are competent enough to compete with anyone in the world”.


The chief minister said different issues of the indigenous people of the North East has always been a concern to him. “The different political parties or different organisations or forums have the same goal when it comes to the indigenous people that is to preserve our identity, our roots and about who we are that makes us different from the other communities and being proud of our identity,” he said.

Document identity of people 

The chief minister said thit is imperative that while having an identity and being proud of it things are not taken for granted. He further urged the NEIPF to push for documentation on the identity of the different indigenous people of the North East. “The government of Meghalaya is working together with the three autonomous councils to document the different aspects of the culture and tradition of the indigenous people of the state,” he informed.

He also said different states of the North East because of the diverse indigenous communities face issues and challenges and it is through programmes and forums like these that North East can rise above those issues and problems and can come together as a strong region. “It pains me to see the situation of Manipur and I hope forums like NEIPF will take up the matter for a peaceful resolution in Manipur so that we can move forward and reach out to different communities,” he said.

He also suggested that forums like the NEIPF apart from taking up critical issues of the indigenous people should also study, research and document the indigenous knowledge and practices that have so much to offer to the world. “This wealth of knowledge should be passed on to the younger generation and shared with the rest of the world,” he said.

Earlier, the chief minister also released a book, “Indigenous 2023” during the occasion. Delegates from other Northeastern states were also present.

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