Following close on the heels of Haryana and Andhra Pradesh, the Jharkhand Assembly has given its approval to the implementation of the Jharkhand State Employment of Local Candidates Bill, 2021, which reserves 75 per cent jobs in the private sector — that pay up to Rs 40,000 per month — for the locals of the State.
The Bill was tabled in the budget session of the Assembly in March, but was later passed on to a six-member select committee for detailed examination.
After some amendments by the Committee, the Bill was renamed ‘The Jharkhand State Employment of Local Candidates in Private Sector Bill, 2021’ and the salary cap was raised from Rs 30,000 to Rs 40,000 per month.
As per the Bill, employers are required to register employees who receive a gross monthly salary of not more than Rs 40,000 within three months of the Act coming into force. Employers are expected to fill up 75 per cent of the total existing vacancies with local candidates, for posts that pay up to Rs 40,000 per month gross salary.
The amended Bill will soon be notified as an Act, following which the Government will put in place related rules and regulations for its implementation. This law will benefit the local residents of the State.
Post implementation of the Bill, the employment procedure will be supervised by a Committee constituted for the purpose, which will include Deputy Development Commissioner (DDC), Circle Officer (CO) and the local MLA.