Prime Minister Narendra Modi has assured to look into the demand for separate IAS and IPS cadres for Meghalaya and Assam.
This was informed by Chief Minister Conrad Sangma to media persons here today at the sidelines of a cabinet meeting here.
“I took up the matter (of separate IAS/IPS cadres) with Prime Minister Narendra Modi a number of times. He has assured us to look into the matter,” Sangma said.
“The Meghalaya government will continue to pressurise the Centre that a separate IAS and IPS cadres is in the larger and long-term interests of both Assam and Meghalaya,” he added.
Sangma also said that several letters have also been sent by the Meghalaya government to the Union Home Ministry on this matter and the State is awaiting a positive response on the same.
During the Assembly session on March 14 this year, Sangma had said the State government is pursuing with the Centre for creation of a separate Indian Administrative Service (IAS) cadre for Meghalaya.
Replying to a supplementary query raised by Congress MLA from East Shillong, Ampareen Lyngdoh in the Assembly, Sangma informed that he had written a letter to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on February 22, 2019 urging him to consider a separate IAS cadre for Meghalaya.
According to Sangma, Meghalaya pushed for the separate cadre issue after the North East Reorganisation Amendment Act, 2012 divided the Manipur-Tripura cadre.
He also said that by having a separate cadre, the State would have more cadre strength than what it is having right now.