VPP announces rallies on roster policy

HYC, ACHIK divided over cut-off year

Shillong, April 13: The Voice of the People Party will organise a series of public rally starting from April 17 on roster system and reservation policy.

In a statement issued on Thursday, VPP spokesperson Batskhem Myrboh saif that public meetings are  to provide proper and correct perspective on the ‘unjust implementation of the roster system based on the unfair premise of the present state job reservation policy’. In the first phase, three meetings will be organised as per the following schedules:



17.04.2023, Madan Heh, Mawlai 2.00 P.M

19.04.2023, Iawmusiang, Jowai 12.00 Noon

20.04.2023 Jaiaw 2.00 P.M

The  party said it is forced to take the route of organising public rallies in view of the apathetic attitude of the MDA 2.0 government to the request of the party for convening the special session of the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly to discuss the matter.

“The attitude of the government is a blatant disregard to the bleak future faced by the youth belonging to the Khasi-Jaintia community and those belonging to the differently abled category while it disproportionately advances the interest of the youth of others. Further, the adamant position taken by the government shows its disrespect to the constitutionally and democratically constituted Meghalaya Legislative Assembly. The Assembly is supposed to be an institution where public issues are discussed by the representatives duly elected by the people. Each day of delay in the just and fair implementation of the roster system and revision of the job reservation policy leads to further mounting of injustice in the state”, the VPP said.

The party appealed to the public to attend the meetings.

HYC meets CS 

The Hynniewtrep Youth Council (HYC) has warned the state government of an MBoSE-like situation if it fails to address the issue concerning the implementation of the roster system.

The HYC met chief secretary DP Wahlang on Thursday on the roster system.

“We want to remind the state government that if it fails to address this issue, I am afraid the MBoSE-like situation might happen in the state of Meghalaya. Therefore, we request the government to immediately solve this problem either through the Cabinet or State Assembly or an All-party meeting, we don’t care but what we care is that this issue should be solved once and for all,” HYC president Robertjune Kharjahrin told reporters.

The NGO submitted a memorandum to the chief secretary demanding that the roster should be implemented prospectively from 2022..

The chief secretary told the delegation that the cabinet will take a decision shortly.

ACHIK wants 1972 as cut-off date 

The A·chik Conscious Holistic Integrated Krima (ACHIK) has demanded that the cut-off date for implementation of the roster system should be retrospectively from 1972.

In a memorandum to the Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong,  the ACHIK  reiterated that the organization on behalf of the A·chik people openly take a stand that there would not be any compromise on the cutoff date and the organisation maintains the year 1972 to be considered for the roster system of Meghalaya Job Reservation Policy which is a system to bring equity to the injustices done to the A·chik people.”

The organisation also warned that “if any injustice is done to A·chik people, the organisation would resort to democratic rallies and demonstrations under the provisions of Indian Constitution as the mobilisation by the organisation has already started throughout the Garo Hills.”

It also threatened to approach even the Apex court if injustice is meted out to the Achik people during the decisions to be taken by the Cabinet or an All-party meet on the issue of roster system.

The ACHIK also sought the intervention of the deputy chief minister for establishing the winter capital or second capital in Tura.

According to the organisation, the lethargic attitude of the government in establishing the winter capital/second capital in Tura has led the A·chik people to historical marginalization, economic deprivation, social discrimination and political exclusion among others.

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