Jharkhand to roll out 75 per cent quota in private jobs for locals- The New Indian Express


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RANCHI: Days after the Hemant Soren-led Jharkhand cabinet approved domicile policy proposals and a 27% reservation for OBCs, the CM has ordered a job quota system for locals in the private sector from next month.

In a series of review meetings held with various departments on Monday, Soren instructed officials to implement the scheme, which provides a 75% reservation for locals with monthly salaries of up to Rs 40,000 in the private sector.

The State Assembly passed the Jharkhand State Employment of Local Candidates in Private Sector Bill 2021 in September last year. A select committee of the Assembly had previously approved the bill with some amendments. The panel, chaired by Labor Minister Satyanand Bhokta, had added the words “private sector” to the amended bill and changed its name from “The Jharkhand State Employment of Local Candidates Bill, 2021” to “The Jharkhand State Employment of Local Candidates in Private Sector” bill , 2021′.

The amended legislation increased the salary cap to Rs 40,000 from an earlier Rs 30,000. Soren has directed officials to implement the law previously passed by the Assembly from next month, according to a communiqué from the Chief Minister’s office. “The chief minister stressed that his government is committed to protecting the rights of tribal and local people and has directed officials to implement the job reservation program for local people by next month,” a state government source said.

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The CMO’s statement said that following progress in defining domicile policy, the CM intends to move forward with the employment plan. The law ensures that “during the recruitment process of local candidates, attention is paid to the representation of those displaced by the establishment of the institution concerned, local candidates of a district and all classes of society”.

It also provides for the formation of a committee, chaired by a designated officer, comprising the local MLA, Deputy Development Commissioner (DDC) and Circle Officer (CO) to oversee the hiring process and provide direction to the employer concerned if he deems it appropriate. The proposal to prioritize local youth in private jobs was part of the JMM’s manifesto in the 2019 general election. The decision came amid large numbers of migrant youth returning to their homes during the 2020 Covid lockdown.

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