Meghalaya deputy chief minister Prestone Tynsong during a media briefing on Wednesday

Shillong: Facing backlash over its decision to bring in high skilled workers to the state, Meghalaya government has now urged private business houses and contractors to hire locals.

Deputy chief minister, Prestone Tynsong, on Wednesday said that consequent to the decision taken by the government to allow or issue special permission to those highly skilled labourers, several local NGOs had shown concern.

Tynsong said that following this, directorate of employment and craftsman training has issued a notification on Wednesday and has urged those private business houses, contractors or employers who require high skilled labourers, to give first preference to locals.

He added, “Maybe some people in the state that may have returned from other states and must be skilled or may possess special qualifications.”

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The notification issued by the directorate of employment and craftsman training stated, “Major construction activities like roads & bridges have been adversely affected and are not in a position to resume work due to non-availability of semi-skill, skilled and highly-skilled labourers. Other employers are also facing similar constrain and challenges of scarcity of resources. This has resulted in a major demand-supply imbalance.”

It added that during this crisis, all the contractors/employers are to explore possibilities of engaging the local semi-skill, skilled and highly-skilled resources that are in available in the state.

The notification also stated that the department has also taken the initiative to train them free of cost.

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