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.
- ‘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