High Court says No to 75% quota for locals in private jobs in Haryana
HC order comes as a major blow to Khattar govt.
Gurugram, Feb. 3 (Delhi Crown): The expected has happened. The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Thursday ordered a stay on the implementation of domicile reservation in private jobs in Haryana.
The “Haryana State Employment of Local Candidates Act, 2020” had come into force from January 15, providing for 75% reservation to the local residents of the state in private sector jobs ensuring a monthly salary of less than Rs 30,000 per month.
The populist measure by the Khattar government had come under attack from its inception. Several industry bodies, including the Gurgaon Industrial Association (GIA), had challenged it in the High Court.
Today’s HC order brought a much-needed relief to the industries in Haryana, as it is believed (by the industrialists) that locals, if in majority, create industrial problems.
In its petition, the GIA stated the Act was “against the provisions of the Constitution and the basic principle of meritocracy”.
The Act, passed two years ago, covered private companies, societies, trusts and partnership firms in Haryana.
Earlier this month, Haryana’s Deputy Chief Minister Dushyant Chautala had said the quota would open new avenues of employment for thousands of youths.