Conrad Sangma | File photo

Meghalaya chief minister Conrad Sangma on November 29 said that the state government will continue to pursue with the central government for bifurcation of Assam-Meghalaya cadre.

“I have written a number of times to the home ministry. I have also mentioned this to the prime minister and they inform me that they are looking into the matter but we have not yet been able to get it done,” CM Conrad Sangma told reporters.

“We will continue to pressurise the government of India that it is in the larger and in the long-term interest of both the states that we have our separate cadres,” he said.

However, a home ministry official said that the Centre is unlikely to concede to the demand for bifurcation of Assam-Meghalaya cadre as the strength of officers for Meghalaya is very small which may not be sustainable to have a separate cadre.

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