CM moves govt for recruitment exams in Khasi, Garo languages

Conrad Sangma. File image.

NEW DELHI, May 27: In view of the appointments of about 500 Gram Dak Sevaks and other posts coming soon, Chief Minister Conrad Sangma on Saturday urged the central government to allow candidates from Meghalaya to appear the examination in Khasi or Garo language besides other languages as allowed in case of some neighbouring states.
In a letter to the Union Minister for Communication, Ashwini Vaishnaw, Sangma suggested that the Centre should amend the draft model notification of the Department of Posts by prescribing knowledge of local language spoken in Meghalaya. The language can either be Khasi or Garo as the local language for the candidates to opt for and is in addition to Hindi and English as is being done in Assam, Manipur and Mizoram.
“Since the recruitment of the post will commence immediately, I would like to request you to kindly consider the appeal from Meghalaya, as this will enable our educated unemployed youth to take advantage of the job opportunity,” the Chief Minister added. The appeal was made after the Federation of Khasi Jaintia and Garo People (FKJGP) had recently sought the intervention of the chief minister into the matter.
The Ministry of Communication, Department of Posts, has sanctioned 445 Gramin Dak Sevaks, Branch Post Masters and Assistant Branch Post Masters for posting in post offices across the state of Meghalaya for which the recruitment process is likely to be taken up soon.

“In this regard, I would like to invite your attention that the draft model notification of Department of posts prescribing Hindi or English as the local language for engagement of Gramin Dak Sevaks in Meghalaya,” Sangma said while adding that this criteria of Hindi and English as local language narrows down the chances of local youths to avail this employment opportunity as they have to compete with candidates from outside the state who normally score better in these languages
According to the CM, among candidates who are selected from outside the state, very few normally join Meghalaya considering its remoteness and tough geographical terrain. Even those who join, opt out for posting to their respective home states and the very purpose of opening BPOs in remote villages in Meghalaya gets defeated, he added.