Meghalaya Rymbui
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Shillong: Meghalaya education minister Lahkmen Rymbui on Thursday said that the Centre has now allowed the state government to use its reservation policy in the recruitment of teachers for the upcoming Eklavya Model Residential Schools (EMRS).

EMRS started in 1997-98 to impart quality education to Scheduled Tribe (ST) children in remote areas of the country. It has been decided that by 2022, every block with more than 50 per cent ST population and at least 20,000 tribal people, will have an EMRS.

The Union ministry of tribal affairs had sanctioned 40 such schools across Meghalaya and construction on two of them has already started at Nongpoh and Samanda in Garo Hills, the minister said.

“Work on the others has not started as yet. It takes time because for these schools, the plan of the government is that recruitment will be done centrally and if done in that manner then according to the all India reservation policy for scheduled tribes, it is 7.5%. So, we felt that it will not only help the education sector in terms of accessibility and quality but also generate employment,” said Rymbui.

Fearing that many unemployed youths in the state will lose out on the opportunity to get jobs at these schools, the Meghalaya government had been pursing the Centre to allow the state to use its own reservation policy.

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The government has finally been successful in convincing the ministry of tribal affairs to allow the state to implement its own reservation policy for recruitment of teachers i the Eklavya schools, Rymbui said.

The chief minister will now form a committee to monitor the progress of these schools, said Rymbui. “A meeting is likely to be held next week between the Meghalaya government, Union ministry of tribal affairs and Meghalaya Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) to see how they can move forward on the implementation.

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