On Tuesday, Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma urged youths to reject the “reservations mindset” in order to actually achieve in various sectors.
The chief minister, speaking at the Makhel Heritage Conclave of the Mao Students’ Union (MSU) in Manipur on Tuesday, argued that the primary focus of youngsters should not be reservations, but competition, in which everyone is assessed only on merit.
CM Sangma’s message for the youth
“The youngsters of the North East, particularly tribal youths, must break free from the reservation mindset in order to compete with the rest of the world,” remarked the chief minister. “The late PA Sangma believed in competitiveness, and he used to emphasise that the kids of the North East, particularly the tribals, needed to break free from the reserve mindset and move ‘Beyond Reservation,'” he continued.
Conrad, on the other hand, underlined that he is not in favour of abolishing the reservation system entirely.
Minister James PK Sangma stated that the state’s pupils and adolescents will outgrow the quota or reservation system at some point.
During the event, the chief minister spoke extensively about the significance of balancing politics and culture in order to protect people’s identity and heritage while also allowing them to reconnect with their roots.
The chief minister stated that every young person in Meghalaya will be able to hone at least one talent, referring to the ‘One Skill, One Talent’ aspect of the state’s youth policy.
Early child development programme
He also briefed the audience about Meghalaya’s soon-to-be-implemented early child development programme, for which the state will receive up to Rs 150 crore as a World Bank funding.
“I am delighted that we are launching this particular programme for adolescent girls and boys, beginning with a programme for the girls first, which will then enhance our vision and mission for the Youth Policy for the entire development of our youth,” the chief minister stated.