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Shillong | March 14, 2019

The last day of the Meghalaya budget session witnessed a revelation by the Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma in terms of number of vacancies in the government sector.

“There are 5894 vacancies in 48 government departments in Meghalaya as on date”, Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma told the state assembly on Thursday during question hour.

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Replying to a query in this regard raised by George B Lyngdoh of the opposition Congress, The CM said there were 1900 vacancies
in police department, 1370 in the education department and the rest were with the Meghalaya Public Service Commission (MPSC) for finalization.

He said procedures were being followed for the filling up of the vacant posts through continuous advertisements. The government has also sent letters to the MPSC instructing it to take action and fill up the posts at the earliest. Appointing authorities were instructed from time to time to ensure intimation of vacancies to the MPSC and the District Selection Committee, he added.

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To a separate question posed by PT Sawkmie of the opposition, CM said that coal mining was banned by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) in the state since 2014.

Home Minister James K Sangma told the house that a total of 131 candidates have joined the Special Force-10 and 220 candidates joined the armed and unarmed branch groups in the police department till date. Vacant posts would be filled up after the Lok Sabha elections, the home minister added.

Replying to a question by opposition legislator Rakkam A Sangma, minister in charge forest and environment, Lahkmen Rymbui informed the house that a total of 36 employees were appointed by the Balpakram National Park Division between the date of its creation on 28th November, 1987 till 1995. The appointments were made on adhoc/temporary basis, he said, adding that out of these 36 employees, the services of 30 employees have been regularized. Services of the remaining 6 employees are yet to be regularized, the minister said.

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