SHILLONG | May 16, 2019:

The Meghalaya Cabinet today approved that draft Meghalaya State Policy on the Empowerment of the People with Disabilities (PWDs) which was moved by the Social Welfare department.

Talking to reporters after the Cabinet meeting, Deputy Chief Minister said that the draft policy has been framed as per the National Policy for Person with Disabilities.

According to Tynsong, the major highlight of the draft policy is related to the job reservation policy which has been increase from 3 percent to 4 percent. He also informed that the policy also highlighted on the reservation of seats for PWDs in the educational institutions adding that the reservation in educational institutions has been increased to 5 percent in the amended Act.

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Further, the Cabinet approved the appointment of the Mission Director of the State Resource Centre for Women in Shillong on contractual basis for one year. With the proposal being approved, Deputy Chief Minister, Prestone Tynsong informed that the Social Welfare department will soon make the necessary appointment for the said post. Tynsong said that the role of the Mission Director is to create awareness and to conduct different trainings as directed by the Ministry of Social Welfare from time to time.

Further, the Cabinet today approved the constitution of the Farmers Empowerment Commission as recommended by the Farmer’s Parliament which was held last year.

Talking to reporters after the Cabinet meeting, Deputy Chief Minister said that the Government will be framing the rules for setting up of the commission before going ahead with the appointment of the members who will head the commission. He also informed that the Government is also contemplating to celebrate the Year of the Farmer in 2020. According to Tynsong, the Farmer’s Parliament had also suggested that 2019 should be declared as the Year of the Farmers. He, however, said that the Government could not do it this year and it is planning to do so next year. The Commission will be responsible for coming up with policies and proposals to look after the welfare and interest of the farmers in the State, Tynsong added.

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The Cabinet also approved the service rules for the Directorate of Programme implementation and evaluation besides the approval for repealing the  Meghalaya Service ( Discipline& appeal) rules , 2011.

Tynsong said that the rules need to be repealed as lot of amendments have been made in the rules and new rules will be in place shortly. At the same time, Deputy Chief Minister informed that the Cabinet also approved the proposal to repeal Meghalaya  Service (Conduct Rules )1990. Meanwhile, The cabinet also approved the renaming of  Directorate of Agriculture (Research and Training) to Directorate of Agriculture  Research, Training and Technology induction.

According to Tynsong, the Cabinet also approved six posts of enforcement inspector and 15 post of enforcement checker for the transport department in view of the work load of the department.



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