IMPHAL, July 20: The State cabinet meeting held today this afternoon chaired by Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh has given its approval to another one time relaxation of five years for the upper age limit of the candidates for appearing in the combined competitive examination conducted by Manipur Public Service Commission (MPSC).
It may be mentioned here that the upper age limit of the candidates for appearing in the examination conducted by MPSC was relaxed earlier too as a one-time arrangement.
Opposition leader Dr I Ibohalbi Singh had also raised a motion in the Manipur Legislative Assembly during its recently concluded 5th Session asking to relax some more years in the upper age limit for the MPSC exam, saying that after the MPSC exam in 2010, there were no exams in the 2011 and 2012.
Other civil organisations have also appealed to the state government for the age relaxation.
The combined competitive examination conducted by MPSC will be conducted for appointment of 22 posts for Manipur Civil Services, 25 posts for Manipur Police Services, 26 posts for Manipur Finance Services, 15 posts for Sub-Deputy Collector (SDC) and one post for Election officer.
The cabinet had also minutely discussed whether or not to conduct the MBBS/BDS entrance test for the state, however could not decide on anything on the issue during today’s meeting.
The cabinet meeting has decided to further discuss the issue and come up with a decision in another cabinet meeting after consultation with legal experts and collecting information on how other States are handling the issue.
Further, the State cabinet meeting has decided to extend one more year in the service period of the Village Defence Force (VDF).
Furthermore, the Cabinet meeting has decided to take up every possible step to ban applications for gun license and driving licenses from other districts other than the applicants` domicile district.
The meeting has also given its approval for the post creation of already appointed 498 primary teachers and 130 Hindi matriculate teachers so that they can be included in the MGEL.
The cabinet meeting today further gave its approval for the amendment of the Manipur Finance Service Rule.
The cabinet meeting has decided to introduce the National Food Security Act in four valley districts as the first phase during which, the Respective Deputy Commissioners will take the responsibility as well as the distribution of the edible items to be provided to every household under the Act.
The cabinet meeting has also decided to implement the said Act in the hill districts after the successful implementation in the four valley districts.