SHILLONG, March 04: The Hynñiewtrep Achik National Movement (HANM) has demanded the Government to enlighten the public on the outcome from the response given to the Supreme Court on the 24th of March, 2021 on the matter of the reservation policy in the state.
Lamphrang Kharbani, President of HANM said that after due research carried out, it was found that there was a decision on the reservation policy in Meghalaya much before statehood was achieved. But, after the report to allocate 27% reservation for backward classes was accepted in 1990, Indra Swami filed a case against the Central Government in the Supreme Court of India in 1992, and the outcome from this case is the ruling that the reservation policy shall not exceed 50%.
He said following the clear ruling of the court, and after the case filed by Dr.Jaishri Laxmanrao Patil against the Chief Minister of Maharashtra in the year 2020, the Supreme Court sought for a clarification from the State Government which was responded to by the Advocate General, Amit Kumar in favour of the reservation policy.
Kharbani said that with regards to the reservation policy in Meghalaya, no law is binding on it as it is only a policy of the Government, and the HANM demands the Government to enlighten the public on the response it had given in the Supreme Court so that there is no misunderstanding.