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Quit heat on Ampareen

- Pressure groups raise demand after job scam

Shillong, Nov. 12: Voices demanding the immediate resignation of urban affairs minister Ampareen Lyngdoh have grown shriller as eight pressure groups today got together to ask the former education minister to step down in the wake of CBI findings in the teachers’ recruitment scam where she had been virtually nailed.

The demand was made at a public meeting organised by the Federation of Khasi Jaintia and Garo People (FKJGP) and participated by seven other pressure groups at Mawkhar main road here today.

The other pressure groups which participated in the meeting included the Khasi Students’ Union (KSU), Hynniewtrep National Youth Front (HNYF), Synjuk Ki Seng Samla Shnong (SSSS), Ri Bhoi Youth Federation (RBYF), Civil Society Women’s Organisation (CSWO), Khasi Women Welfare and Development Association (KWWADA) and the Meghalaya Right to Information Movement (MRTIM).

“She (Ampareen) should immediately step down from the cabinet on moral grounds and the government should scrap the results,” FKJGP president Joe Marwein said at the meeting.

While making a similar demand, other speakers expressed doubts on the high-level scrutiny committee constituted by the government as directed by the high court for reviewing the entire results of primary school teachers.

“This committee was constituted to buy time. When the time comes to submit its report, the model code of conduct would already be enforced ahead of the Assembly elections and those involved will be left unpunished,” KSU president Daniel Khyriem said.

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