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Jharkhand House clears Bill for 75% quota for locals

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  • September 9, 2021
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Jharkhand House clears Bill for 75% quota for locals

Part of: Prelims and GS – II – Policies and interventions 

Context The Jharkhand Assembly passed a Bill, which provides 75% reservation for locals in private sector jobs with a monthly salary of up to Rs. 40,000. 

  • Once notified, Jharkhand will become the third State, after Andhra Pradesh and Haryana, to pass such a law.

Key takeaways 

  • ‘The Jharkhand State Employment of Local Candidates Bill, 2021’ was tabled in the House in March but was later referred to a six-member select committee.
  • It was named ‘The Jharkhand State Employment of Local Candidates in Private Sector Bill, 2021’. 
  • The monthly salary cap was increased from Rs. 30,000 to Rs. 40,000. 
  • Every employer shall register such employees receiving gross monthly salary as wages not more than Rs. 40,000 on the designated portal

Concerns with regard to the bill

  • If skilled personnel are not available for the jobs at hand, these industrial units cannot ‘import’ labourers from elsewhere; the burden of imparting the requisite skills to, and of employing, locals will fall on the units.
  • It will almost certainly push up the cost of doing business in such geographical entities that embrace this policy, and make a mockery of the concept of the ‘Indian Common Market’, which rests on the foundational premise of unfettered labour mobility.
  • Significantly, a reservation for local populations is also a violation of the constitutionally guaranteed right of every citizen to work, live and move freely within the country.

News Source: TH 

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