SHILLONG: In a recent development, the Hynniewtrep Youth Council (HYC) has addressed a letter to Social Welfare Minister Paul Lyngdoh, urging him to ensure the full implementation of the 44% job reservation for Scheduled Tribes in all Central government offices in Meghalaya. HYC President Roy Kupar Synrem highlighted the deprivation of opportunities faced by Indigenous Tribal youths in the state due to the non-implementation of crucial directives from the Government of India.
The council emphasized the necessity for the Government of Meghalaya to take immediate steps to ensure that all Central Government offices, institutions, and undertakings in the state adhere to and implement the issued Office Memorandums and other instructions from the Government of India. These guidelines are essential to provide employment opportunities for the Scheduled Tribe people of Meghalaya.
In addition to the job reservation demand, HYC has also called for the prompt establishment of Fast Track Courts to expedite the disposal of NDPS (Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances) cases. The council highlighted concerns about the rising drug trafficking in the state, attributing it to the non-implementation of the Prevention of Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1988 (PIT-NDPS Act). HYC has urged the government to take decisive action against all offenders under this act.
Meanwhile, in Nagaland, the social welfare department organized a program to pledge the elimination of all forms of violence against women. Development Commissioner R Ramakrishnan stressed the importance of taking proactive steps to prevent violence against women in the state, urging all sections of society to support those affected by domestic violence for the collective goal of ensuring peace.
Ramakrishnan also emphasized the significance of extending the program to districts, highlighting Nagaland's observance of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and the launch of the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence. The campaign spans from November 25 to December 10, 2023, culminating on International Human Rights Day.
These developments underscore the pressing issues faced by tribal communities in Meghalaya and the commitment in Nagaland to eradicate violence against women, emphasizing the need for collective efforts and government intervention to address these societal challenges.