Meghalaya Cabinet to soon discuss on implementation of roster system

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SHILLONG, APR 10: The National People’s Party-led Meghalaya Democratic Alliance-2 government has decided to discuss and take a call on the issue related to the implementation of the roster system in the upcoming meeting of the state Cabinet.

This came after there has been a growing demand for calling a special session of the State Assembly to discuss the issue pertaining to the roster system and the state reservation policy following a recent order passed by the Meghalaya High Court.

Speaking to media persons, Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong said that he does not see any need to have a special session to discuss the issue.

“However, I am not saying that right now. When Chief Minister is back in Shillong, we are planning to have an all-party meeting, we would (also like to have an MDA meeting but first of all we will have a detailed discussion in the cabinet and then ultimately we will take a decision maybe we can also call an all-party meeting where we can share and discuss everything with all the political parties,” he said.

When asked, Tynsong said, “Well that is a very long story. Let me just tell you one thing, we already filed the affidavit three times and that time the Meghalaya High Court (in its earlier order) says you have to do the roster system right from 1972. They clearly said it should be right from the inception of the reservation policy which means that we have to go back from 1972.”  

“But in view of the latest ruling of the High Court, we will again sit down, we will discuss in the Cabinet, we will discuss in the MDA and thereafter we can even call the all party meeting,” he added.

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