Jharkhand passes bill for 75% quota for locals in private jobs

Jharkhand passes bill for 75% quota for locals in private jobs

The Jharkhand Assembly passed a bill on Wednesday providing a 75% reserve for local people in the private sector up to a salary of Rs 40,000 per month. Once notified, Jharkhand will become the third state in the country, after Andhra Pradesh and Haryana, to pass such a law.

“The Jharkhand State Local Candidate Employment Bill, 2021” was introduced at the Assembly budget session in March, but was then referred to a six-member select committee consisting of President Rabindra Nath Mahato for study. detailed.

The committee, chaired by RJD MLA and Labor Minister Satyanand Bhokta, subsequently amended the bill with little change. It was called “Jharkhand State Private Sector Employment of Local Candidates Bill, 2021” and the monthly salary cap was also increased from ₹ 30,000 to ₹ 40,000.

“Every employer must register employees who receive a gross monthly salary as salary not exceeding Rs 40,000 as the limit notified by the government from time to time in the designated portal within three months of the entry into force of the Law” , said the bill, adding: “Every employer will cover 75% of the total vacancies existing on the date of notification of this Law and after it by local candidates with respect to those positions in which the gross monthly salary or wages do not exceed Rs 40,000 ”.

The bill provides for the constitution of a committee headed by a designated official that will include the Deputy Commissioner for Development (DDC), the Circle Officer (CO) and the local MLA to oversee the employment procedure and issue instructions to the employer in question. , as it deems appropriate. .

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“With the presentation of the report, the amended Bill will be notified as Law. The government will form the related rules and regulations to implement it. This is a historical law. With increasing privatization and the central government pushing for the National Monetization Pipeline (NMP), this law would prove to be a boon for the local residents of Jharkhand, ”said Binod Singh, CPI (Marxist-Leninist) MLA of Bagodar. He was one of six members of the select panel.

The Chief Minister, Hemant Soren, had been raising the issue of the reserve for the local population in the private sector for a long time and recently stated that his government was committed to protecting the rights of the local and tribal population. .

Supriyo Bhhatacharya, chief general secretary of the ruler Jharkhand Mukti Morcha, said: “Reserving jobs for locals also helps to control people who come from other states and eventually settle here.”

In 2019, Andhra Pradesh passed such a law, while last June, Haryana passed the law, reserving a 75% quota for the local population in private jobs with a monthly salary of less than 50,000 rupees.

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