Field Publicity Assistant Appointment
It is indeed unfortunate that in the recently conducted interview for the post of Field Publicity Assistant at the Directorate of Field Publicity, Shillong, the appointment is being given to a Non-Local or a Non-Meghalayan, when it is clearly stated in the Call Letter that the candidate should be able to conduct Seminars/Public Meetings in the Local Regional Language. The fact that it is Central Government and that any Indian can be appointed is clearly understood, but as per the statement in the Call Letter it leads to the point that the appointed candidate should be a local, that is either a Khasi or a Garo. In this case it has to be both i.e. one Garo and one Khasi as the vacancies are at the District Level which is in East Garo Hills and West Khasi Hills respectively.
Another point stressed in the Call Letter was that the candidate should be able to handle and operate Audio-Visual Equipments. I believe that among all those who were present the only candidates having a Mass Communication background and experience in media belonged to the Garo and Khasi Community. It would indeed be a disgrace to the Department if the appointed candidates are unable to use the Departmental Tools for the said purpose. It was also mentioned that having and experience in Social Work was a criteria and I belief that the appointed candidates do not have any.
It is to be noted that the top candidate scored a full Hundred in an Oral Interview, which without having to mention brings to the conclusion that the appointment was Pre-Determined.
The fact is that even after all the criteria is mentioned, it is not absolutely compulsory to appoint a candidate that belongs only to the Garo or Khasi Community, but the question to be asked is that has the appointed candidate stayed in Meghalaya long enough to understand the local Communities? Or has he/she abandoned his hometown and has become a citizen of Meghalaya? Or has he/she married a local and has been compelled to be an Adopted Meghalayan?
If the appointed candidates passed all the criteria and were much experienced than the rest, the matter would have ended in the Interview, but the fact is that there were more deserving local candidates and the Department should not have made the mistake of turning a blind eye to such obvious situation!