Haryana’s job quota becomes cause for worry

The Bill reserves 75% jobs for locals of Haryana, which violates the provisions of the Constitution and may even lead to industries moving out of the state

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The new Bill that ensures 75 per cent job quota for locals of Haryana, which has been passed by the state Assembly, has set organisations and businesses thinking and worrying.

As per the Bill, all private firms, trusts, partnership firms, societies, trusts and so on, will have to ensure that 75 per cent local people are hired for jobs that offer salary less than Rs 50,000 a month. However, this will be quite a challenge, given the fact that at times even at job fests, employers are not able to find suitable candidates. Those businesses that require skilled workers urgently, at short notice, to fulfil orders on time, will struggle to meet deadlines if they have to first search for candidates online and then seek exemption if they are unable to find suitable workers.

This cumbersome process may even encourage businesses to set up their facilities or units outside the state. In fact, many IT and ITeS organisations, especially those based in Gurugram, may seriously consider moving their operations to other states if this law is implemented.

Moreover, experts feel that this reservation will force the manufacturing sector to compromise on the quality of talent being hired.

Most importantly, the Bill goes against the Constitution of India, which aims to ensure unity in diversity. It will actually spread inequality, and take away the right to work anywhere in India, which the Constitution guarantees.