The Jannayak Janta Party chief had promised the job reservation for the residents of Haryana during the 2019 Assembly Elections.
According to the Bill, all private-sector jobs that pay a monthly salary of Rs 50,000 and less would come under the quota ambit. (Photo: The Indian Express)
Haryana Deputy Chief Minister Dushyant Chautala on Thursday fulfilled a long-standing poll promise as the state Assembly passed a Bill that would introduce 75 per cent quota for locals in the private sector jobs. The Jannayak Janta Party chief had promised the job reservation for the residents of Haryana during the 2019 Assembly Elections. After intense political negotiations, JJP’s Chautala and the BJP had formed an alliance to stake a claim for state government. According to the Bill, all private-sector jobs that pay a monthly salary of Rs 50,000 and less would come under the quota ambit. The employer gets an exemption in a situation where she/he is not able to recruit suitable candidates locally.
According to the latest information from the government officials, the quota will be applicable for the next 10 years. However, before it comes into force, the Bill needs approval from Haryana Governor. In case the employer says that it is not able to recruit locals due to lack of training, the Bill provides for the provision where the residents will get training for the required skill set. Those who have the domicile of the state will be eligible for the job quota. Anyone born in Haryana or has been a resident of the state for the past 15 years will be considered as the bonafide resident.
While many saw the passage of the Bill as a victory for Chautala, there were some leaders within JJP, who didn’t think the job quota was the right way to tackle the issue of unemployment in Haryana. Senior JJP leader Ram Kumar Gautam said that the Bill will backfire as other states may stop hiring young men and women from Haryana. He said that this will set a wrong example as other states may also want a reservation for their own residents. It will restrict the free movement of the eligible workforce.