| (From left) Meghalaya chief minister Mukul Sangma chairs a cabinet meeting in Shillong on Friday as his deputy Bindo M. Lanong looks on. Picture by UB Photos |
Shillong, Oct. 5: The Meghalaya government today approved a bifurcation of the recruitment process to the Meghalaya Civil Service (MCS) and the Meghalaya Police Service (MPS), with several candidates preferring to be administrative servants than police officers.
So far, the Meghalaya Public Service Commission (MPSC) had been conducting a common entrance examination for the services.
Appointment to the services is conducted on merit basis and candidates are given the opportunity to opt either for the MCS or MPS.
“Today, the cabinet has considered the proposal to have a separate recruitment process in for MCS and MPS officers,” chief minister Mukul Sangma told reporters.
He said the proposal to bifurcate the recruitment process was made after the government realised that several candidates, who qualified in the last examination conducted by the MPSC, opted to join the MCS while only one chose to join the MPS.
The chief minister said at present there are around 40 vacancies in MPS.
The vacancies will be filled up through direct recruitment and through promotion from among the lower rung police officers.