The Jharkhand Assembly passed a bill granting locals 75 percent quota in private sector employment paying up to Rs. 40,000 per month. After Andhra Pradesh and Haryana, Jharkhand will become the third state to enact similar legislation.
The ‘Jharkhand State Employment of Local Candidates Bill, 2021′ was introduced in the House in March but was subsequently referred to a six-member select committee. The bill was tabled the ‘Jharkhand State Employment of Local Candidates in the Private Sector Bill, 2021.’ The pay ceiling has been raised from Rs. 30,000 to Rs. 40,000 per month. Every employer must use the authorised site to register employees who get a gross monthly pay of not more than Rs. 40,000 as wages.
These industrial units cannot ‘import’ competent labourers from elsewhere if trained individuals are not available for the jobs at hand; the duty of imparting the necessary skills to, and hiring, locals will rest on the units. It will very definitely raise the cost of conducting business in the geographical areas that accept this strategy, making a mockery of the notion of the ‘Indian Common Market,’ which is based on unrestricted labour mobility. A reserve for local people is also a breach of every citizen’s constitutionally given freedom to work, live, and travel freely within the country.
Source: The Hindu