The Meghalaya government has extended the upper age limit for those seeking employment, from 27 to 32 years. For those from Scheduled Tribes (ST), the age limit is now 37 years.
The decision was taken at the cabinet meeting held on January 19, chaired by Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma.
“In a historic move, the Cabinet has decided to relax the upper age limit for candidates applying for government services by 5 years. This will, however, not be applicable for certain departments like Police which require physical fitness as a criteria,” the CM announced in a tweet.
Earlier, the United Democratic Party (Meghalaya) President, Metbah Lyngoh had said that increasing the age limit for the youth is important because a lot of them have reached the age of maturation and cannot apply for the jobs even though there are vacancies available for various posts. He also asked the government to take into account the time that got wasted during the pandemic while making a decision.
The CM also added that to focus on the health sector at the village level, cabinet has approved the policy for Village Health Councils (VHCs) that are aimed at refining community engagement to achieve the goals of the State Health Policy passed in 2021.