Haryana Deputy Chief Minister Dushyant Chautala on Tuesday announced in the state Assembly that a Bill will be introduced in the next Vidhan Sabha session to implement 75 per cent reservation in jobs for people with Haryana domicile.
The Dushyant Chautala-led Jannayak Janta Party (JJP), had promised 75 per cent reservation for Haryana residents in government and private jobs. On Tuesday, however, Dushyant did not mention whether the reservation would be in government or private jobs, or both.
“Let us wait for the Bill,” he told The Indian Express, adding that if passed in the Vidhan Sabha, the 75 per cent reservation will not only solve the problem of unemployment but also help state generate more revenue.
Soon after Dushyant’s announcement, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar also informed the House that the Bill will be introduced in the next Assembly session. He, however, apprised the House that there was already 75 per cent job reservation in certain categories.
“There is already a provision of 75 per cent (reservation for) jobs for Haryana residents if the CLUs (change of land use) are sought for industries, entrepreneurs and corporates. But unfortunately it was never monitored and implemented. As of now there is no mechanism or system for it. For it, a permanent mechanism would be formulated. 75 per cent of the jobs should be given to the Haryana residents in the state. If any entrepreneur gives 95 per cent of the jobs to the residents of Haryana, we will give them special benefits. A policy will be framed for the same,” Khattar said.
JJP secretary general KC Bangar said that the reservation would be for recruitment in government as well as private jobs.
“As of now, there is no reservation for Haryana youths in private or government jobs,” said Bangar, a former chairman of Haryana Public Service Commission, who was a key member of JJP’s manifesto committee.
About the contours of the Bill, a senior state government official told The Indian Express, “There are various aspects that need to be examined. Whether it will be blanket reservation in all private sectors, or it is going to be in industries, or certain specific business establishments or institutes, or government jobs too…. There are a lot of dimensions of this idea that need to be thoroughly examined before it even takes the shape of a Bill.”
Meanwhile, to implement all their poll promises, the BJP and the JJP have decided to form a committee to finalise a Common Minimum Programme. “The Common Minimum Programme will be finalised within 15 days,” Khattar said in the Assembly.
Senior BJP leader Anil Vij told The Indian Express that a five-member committee headed by him has been formed Tuesday which would discuss all these issues.
Haryana, which has a population of over 40 lakh in the 20-29 years age bracket, has witnessed a steep rise in unemployment over last five years. A report by the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy for May-August 2019 pegged unemployment in the state at 28.7 per cent, the highest in the country. A few years ago, it had been only 8 per cent. It is estimated that there are 2.02 million unemployed young people in the state and over half of them are matriculates and above.