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75% Local Jobs Quota Remains For Haryana People; SC Gives Nod

Supreme Court has lifted interim stay imposed by High Court of Punjab and Haryana on law that provides 75% reservation to people of state in private jobs. Haryana Government has been asked to not take coercive steps against private companies that are opting not to follow the new law.

Chief Minister of Haryana ML Khattar moved to Supreme Court this month to challenge the judgment passed by High Court against the quota. High Court called this quota unsustainable and against natural justice.

CM made the point that lawyer of the state was not heard in the court room and judgment was passed by High Court in 90 seconds. Supreme Court has asked High Court to hear the matter and rule in four weeks.

Two judges bench of Justice PS Narasimha and Justice L Nageswara Rao said, “We do not intend to deal with merits of matter… request High Court to decide expeditiously, and not later than four weeks. Parties are directed not to seek adjournment. In the meanwhile, Haryana is directed not to take coercive action against employers. The impugned order passed by the High Court is set aside as the High Court has not given sufficient reasons.”

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Dushyant Dave, arguing and representing Faridabad Industries Association said that law will have many negative implications on small private firms. These firms will be shut down because of lack of candidates on reserved jobs. He also said that nursing staff in private hospitals come from Kerala and they will be affected by the law. He also said that only 900 private firms have registered under the new law and there are over 45,000 private firms in the state.

Tushar Mehta, the representative of state that law will ensure that people do not have to go to other states for employment opportunities.

The Haryana State Employment of Local Candidates Act, 2020 was passed last year in November. It applies to jobs that have maximum monthly salary of Rs 30,000.”

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