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Haryana’s 75% quota for locals in private jobs to stay for now as SC sets aside HC order

By Priyanka Verma 
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New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday, February 17, set aside the Punjab and Haryana High Court’s order on the Haryana government’s law providing 75 per cent quota in private jobs for local residents of the state.

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In its order, the Supreme Court also asked the Punjab and Haryana High Court to decide on the issue “within a month” and directed the state government to not take any “coercive steps against the employers” for the time being.

The order came on an appeal filed by the Haryana government challenging the Pun3jab and Haryana High Court order granting an interim stay on its law providing 75 per cent quota in private sector jobs for residents of the state.

The high court, had on February 3, granted the interim stay on the Haryana government law based on pleas filed by various industry associations from Faridabad and other bodies in the state, including in Gurugram.

Last year, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattarhad said the Haryana State Employment of Local Candidates Act, 2020, will be made applicable with effect from January 15, 2022.

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Though the government had promised that the Act will apply for all jobs that offer a gross monthly salary up to Rs 50,000, it issued another notification last year specifying that the upper cap had been reduced to Rs 30,000. In March 2021, Haryana Governor Bandaru Dattatreya had given his assent to the Haryana State Employment of Local Candidates Bill, 2020.

In March 2021, Haryana Governor Bandaru Dattatreya had given his assent to the Haryana State Employment of Local Candidates Bill, 2020.

Providing 75 per cent reservation in private sector jobs was a key poll promise of Dushyant Chautala’s Jannyak Janta Party (JJP), which is in an alliance with BJP in Haryana.

Chautala had said the state government’s decision to provide 75 per cent jobs to local youth in private companies would greatly benefit the youth of the state. “We had promised that we would ensure 75 per cent employment opportunities for local candidates in private sector, which we have accomplished and it will prove to be a revolutionary step,” he said.

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