UP Govt implements 40% reservation for local in private jobs
On March 17, After Haryana, the Uttar Pradesh government has issued an order to implement 40% reservation for local youths in private companies in Greater Noida, According to an India Today report.
The Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority’s circular declared that there must be “more than or equal to 40% employment to local employees” in the industries across the authority area.
The development comes a day after Rakesh Tikait, Bharatiya Kisan Union leader said that the farmers protesting against the three controversial farm laws are planning to block the Noida-Delhi border over lack of employment opportunities for local youths from the Jat and Gurjar communities in Noida among other things.
The UP government’s decision is criticized by corporate multinational companies. However, local legislators supported and welcomed the move.
“It was a long-pending demand. The local youth will now get job opportunities according to their eligibility,” said Dhirendra Singh, MLA from Jewar constituency of Uttar Pradesh.
A major part of the Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority also falls in Dadri constituency; the local MLA Tejpal Nagar claimed that this order will be a milestone in providing employment to the local youth.
“I thank Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Minister of Industrial Development Satish Mahana for agreeing to our long-pending demand. During the last Assembly session, I was the one who raised the question of reservation for local youths in the industries,” he said.
However, Sameer Saxena, founder member of the Global Association for Corporate Services (GACS), said that this decision will bring complexity and unnecessary intervention of government employees into the private sector.
“There needs to be more clarity on who is a local. Do all those who have a rent agreement or local address proof fall in this category? How will we hire 40 per cent of our workforce from a small group of people? This will lead to industries avoiding setting up in the city. In the Business Process Outsourcing (BPOs) and Knowledge Process Outsourcing (KPOs) companies, we have unskilled employees but all of them require impeccable English skills – spoken and written. How will we ensure 40 per cent local reservation in that?” asked Saxena.
Last week, the Jharkhand government also approved 75% reservation for locals in private jobs and introduced an employment policy (up to a salary of Rs 30,000 per month) for local people similar to the policy Haryana government.