Chandigarh: The Haryana government on Thursday passed a bill providing 75 per cent reservation for local candidates applying to private sector jobs in the state that pay less than ₹ 50,000 per month.

The bill, tabled by Deputy Chief Minister Dushyant Chautala (also the state’s Labour Minister), also contains a clause companies can invoke if suitable local candidates cannot be found.

In such cases they may hire from outside so long as they inform the government of such a step.

However, since this contravenes Article 14 and 19 of the Constitution (equality before the law and the right to practice any profession anywhere in India), the bill – the Haryana State Employment of Local Candidates Bill – needs the assent of President Ram Nath Kovind before it becomes law.

Pointing to the “large number of migrants competing for low-paid jobs” and the subsequent “impact on local infrastructure and housing… and proliferation of slums”, the Haryana government said preferences to local candidates will be “socially, economically and enviromentally desirable”.

The bill also appoints a “designated officer” to act as a representative of the government who will rule on companies invoking the exempetion clause citing lack of suitable candidates.

The JJP chief pointed to automobile major Maruti, which has a manufacturing plant in Manesar near Delhi, and said: “Maruti doesn’t even have 20 per cent staff from Haryana”.

The Deputy Chief Minister also said that domicile certificates would be mandatory for a candidate to claim these benefits under this scheme.

 

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