SHILLONG, April 12: The Garo Students’ Union has expressed its disagreement with the norms wherein the age limit of 32 years for applying for government jobs is currently in practice in Meghalaya.
“Considering the facts and figures of the growing rate of unemployment in the state of Meghalaya, a uniform upper age limit of 32 years for applying into various Government jobs is unjustified and wrong,” the GSU stated in a memorandum submitted to Chief Minister, Conrad Sangma here on Thursday.
Justifying this, the GSU said that in Meghalaya, 95% of the general populace is not a graduate at the age of 18. “Students in towns and cities may consider being at par with the expectation of the Government, however, students from rural and other backward areas have a propensity to complete their higher secondary level at the age of 23 and graduate level after the age of 26 to 27 years,” the GSU said.
The GSU delegation which was led by the President of the GSU Central Executive Committee (CEC), Zikku Marak further pointed out that most of the citizens in the state studying even in Shillong and Assam achieve their graduation at the age of 25 years and above.
“Thereafter applying for Government jobs which is least in comparison to the rising population generates enormous competition for the job seekers,” the GSU pointed out.
Terming this rush for jobs as ‘mayhem’ the GSU argues that the lower and upper age limit for all jobs which require Graduation as the minimum qualification should be reconsidered at least at par with the Union Public Service Commission of India which is an upper age limit of 37 years for entry into Government jobs with 5 years relaxation for ST candidates and 10 years for differently abled candidates.