Forest Dept advt raises KSU hackles

By Our Reporter


A KSU delegation in discussion with Principal Chief Conservator of Forest TTC Marak in city on Wednesday.(UB)

SHILLONG: The Khasi Students Union (KSU) has objected to recent advertisements posted by the state forest department. KSU termed the condition laid by the department allowing displaced persons from East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) to submit their applications as ‘mischievous acts’ of certain unwanted elements.

Demanding withdrawal of the ‘objectionable condition’ posted for the two posts in the department, the KSU said that this unfortunate act is the handiwork of certain elements working against the interest of the indigenous people and provoking the sentiments of the local unemployed youth of the state.

On July 1, the department through the Meghalaya Public Service Commission (MPSC) has invited recruitment for two posts of Asst Conservator of Forest under the Department of Forests and Environment.

The condition in the advertisement states that, “Applications from citizens of India who are bonafide residents of Meghalaya will be considered and displaced persons from East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) permanently residing in Meghalaya or intending to reside permanently in Meghalaya, possessing Indian citizenship certificate, may also apply.”

“We fail to understand the logic behind this condition stipulated by the Department in the advertisement,” KSU President Daniel Khyriem said in a letter to the Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (PCCF) here on Wednesday.

Raising serious objections to the wordings in the advertisement, Khyriem said “We demand that the Department immediately withdraw the objectionable condition for the said post.”

The KSU leader also informed that the MPSC authority has clarified that the condition was inserted as per the instructions of the Department and demanding that they come up with an immediate clarification on the reason for inserting this condition in the application form.

Further, the KSU has threatened to resort to its own course of action in the best interests of the indigenous people of the state if the Department fails to react to its demand at the earliest.

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